Rousseau’s Emile, an educational treatise for the 21st century?

Born three hundred years ago, this year, Rousseau remains one of the most influential thinkers of the Enlightenment if only for the variety of his literary output. Rousseau’s political works are probably the most studied among academics and students. But what of Rousseau, the pioneer of Romanticism? His hyper-sensitivity – not to call it his ‘paranoia’ – led to his pouring his heart out in his Confessions and his bucolic Reveries of a Solitary Walker. Yet, one of the ...

On the virtues of peripatetic philosophy

Aristotle was the first philosopher to extol the virtues of peripatetic philosophy or the art of thinking while walking. In our computer-bound world, the very idea of going out for a meditative walk may appear bizarre. What’s wrong with interacting with the world from the safety of one’s home or office? Descartes would have embraced the IT revolution as one can just imagine him answering young Princess Elizabeth’s latest query through extended emails and texts. Yet, this is ...