Jean-Jacques Rousseau was one of the most influential thinkers during the Enlightenment in eighteenth century Europe. His first major philosophical work, A Discourse on the Sciences and Arts , was the winning response to an essay contest conducted by the Academy of Dijon in In this work, Rousseau argues that the progression of the sciences and arts has caused the corruption of virtue and morality. This discourse won Rousseau fame and recognition, and it laid much of the philosophical groundwork for a second, longer work, The Discourse on the Origin of Inequality. The central claim of the work is that human beings are basically good by nature, but were corrupted by the complex historical events that resulted in present day civil society. These works caused great controversy in France and were immediately banned by Paris authorities.
Denis Diderot — Wikipédia
But, you may say, we asked you to speak about women and fiction--what, has that got to do with a room of one's own? I will try to explain. When you asked me to speak about women and fiction I sat down on the banks of a river and began to wonder what the words meant. But at second sight the words seemed not so simple.
The Philosophy of Composition
He concludes that length, "unity of effect" and a logical method are important considerations for good writing. He also makes the assertion that "the death Poe uses the composition of his own poem " The Raven " as an example. The essay first appeared in the April issue of Graham's Magazine. It is uncertain if it is an authentic portrayal of Poe's own method.
Amy Lowell was a poet, performer, editor, translator who devoted her life to the cause of modern poetry. Video Home All Videos. Podcasts Home All Podcasts. Newsletter Subscribe. Poetry Foundation.