Rouseau's Emile, or Treatise on Education
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...and his comfort, that he ought to appreciate all the bodies of nature, and all the works of men. Thus, in his eyes, iron ought to have a far greater value than gold, and glass than a diamond? So also he will honor a shoemaker or a mason much more than a Lempereur, a Le Blane, and all the jewelers of Europe. A pastry-cook, in particular, is a very important man in his eyes, and he would give the whole Academy of Science for the smallest confectioner of Lombard Street. Goldsmiths, engravers, gilders, embroiderers, are, in his opinion, but idlers who amuse themselves at pastimes which are perfectly useless; he does not even put much value on clock-making. i I do not inquire whether it is true that industry is more important and deserves a higher recompense in the elegant arts, by which a finish is given to original materials, than in the primary labor which 'converts them to human use; but I do say that in all cases the art whose use is the most general and the most indispensable is incontestably the one which deserves the most esteem; and that the one to which fewer arts are necessary deserves it still more than those more subordinate, because it is freer and nearer independence. These are the true rules for estimating arts and industries; all others are arbitrary, and depend on opinion. /.'L ) L71 The first and most respectable of all the arts is agri / I. culture. I would place the forge in the second rank, lcarpentering in the third, and so on. The child who has not been seduced by vulgar prejudices will judge of them precisely in the same way. How many important reflections on this point will our Emile draw from his Robinson Crusoe! What will he think as he sees that the arts are perfected only by subdivision and...
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