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The anti-Emile : reflections on the theory and practice of education against the principles of Rousseau / H.S. Gerdil ; translation, introductory essay, and notes by William A. Frank.


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Uniform Title:
Reflexions sur la théorie & la pratique de l'éducation. English
Gerdil, Giacinto Sigismondo, 1718-1802.
Publication date:
South Bend, Ind. : St. Augustine's Press, c2011.
  • Book
  • xlii, 174 p. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Rousseau's seductive rhetoric
  • Emile is an unreal abstraction
  • Whether contrariety is part of man's original nature
  • Whether the self is ordered to other selves from the beginning
  • Whether self-interest is a sufficient foundation for moral social relationships
  • Love of honor and the attraction to an idea of perfection are natural inclinations
  • The attraction to moral virtue is a natural inclination
  • Whether society corrupts man's natural goodness
  • Whether society invents the fear of death and makes men cowards
  • Whether laws and society reduce man to a servile state of dependency
  • On the natural love of order and origins of society
  • Man's reason, the natural analogue to animal instinct, requires education
  • Whether children are capable of understanding moral categories
  • On the importance of the fear of God in the moral education of children
  • On the authority of fathers and the obedience of children
  • On reasoning with children
  • Rousseau's dialogue misrepresents how to reason morally with a child
  • On a child's capacity for handling ideas
  • On teaching fables
  • On the study of languages, and especially latin
  • On the study of history
  • On the study of geography
  • On the study of geometry
  • Francis Bacon's observations on studying and reading
  • The intellectual temperament of Rousseau's student
  • On the native climate of the ideal student
  • On the ideal student's physical constitution
  • On the social status of Rousseau's student
  • Insufficiency of philosophy for forming a national ethos.
Frank, William A.

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