In this free five-session virtual class open to alumni, families and friends of Kenyon, registrants will have a chance to revisit a book they may have read before or to encounter it for the first time.
"Emile, Or Treatise on Education" is Rousseau’s master work. He calls it a philosophic novel. In it he imagines the education of an aristocratic child that is in accord with nature, proceeding from birth to marriage. Each of the five classes will cover a specific stage of Emile’s education: early physical training, intellectual development, moral and spiritual lessons, lessons in taste and finally lessons in love. Emile the man is endowed with democratic values; he represents a repudiation of the established order. In what sense could he be a model for us?