July 2, 1778 – Genevan philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau dies in France, aged 66. ContraryÂ to mainstream religious teaching of the time, Rousseau believed that man in his natural state was good and that all religions were equally valuable. He was a Deist who believed that the goodness of Nature reflected the goodness of God. His major works include Emile (which describes a comparatively progress view of childhood education), A Discourse on InequalityÂ and The Social Contract.
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