A Brief Biography of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and James McKeen Cattell Jean-Jacques Rousseau Rousseau’s primary influence on psychology is the way that pre-destiny influenced the moral debate about the psychology of the nurture/ nature argument during his lifetime. The powerful policies of religion in Rousseau’s era inspired a new type of freedom in which natural rights (as promoted in his Social Contract) denied that original sin (being born evil) and other religious dogmas defined our birth and behavioral growth as human beings. In this view, the ‘natural rights’ of children helped to foster a new approach toward educating young people through their innate goodness. This type of goodness helped to establish and reinforce previous ‘tabula...The end:
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