Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Emmet Collection of Manuscripts Etc. Relating to American History. > Old New York or Reminiscences of the past sixty years.

Humanities and Social Sciences Library / Print Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs

ID# 431054

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) was a French philosopher who denounced slavery, stating, "From whatever aspect we regard the question, the right of slavery is null and void, not only as being illegitimate, but also because it is absurd and meaningless. The words slave and right contradict each other, and are mutually exclusive."