SGM and Swiss Embassy Organise "A Walk with Jean-Jacques Rousseau"

16 Jun 2012

On June 16, the Embassy of the Swiss Federation in Malaysia and Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) organised "A Walk with Jean-Jacques Rousseau" at the International Conference Hall, Wisma Kebudayaan SGM. This event was held to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

This event was a presentation of the life, works and influence of the eminent philosopher. The presentation was made up of a talk punctuated by screenings of videos that use ideas from the works of Rousseau brought to life in a modern setting. Members of the audience were also invited to ask questions from time to time. This presentation was presented by Mr Frank Eggmann, Deputy Head of Mission at the Swiss Embassy.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born on June 28, 1712 in Geneva. In his youth, he tried his hand at many professions, including watch-making, music composition and tutoring. In 1750 he wrote Discourse on the Arts and Sciences for an essay-writing contest and won first prize, gaining him notice. He is best-known for his political philosophy and educational philosophy. His most well-known works are The Social Contract, Discourse on Inequality and Emile: or, On Education. His thoughts and works influenced later eminent philosophers and leaders such as Immanuel Kant, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Marx and Simon Bolivar.

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