Sartrean Freedom and Responsibility in Rousseau’s Emile

Keywords: Jean-Paul Sartre, freedom, responsibility, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, philosophy of education


This paper discusses Jean-Paul Sartre's existentialist interpretation of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's philosophy of education, or Emile. It aims to show the Sartrean concept of freedom and responsibility in understanding education, as shown in Emile and his tutor's narrative. It utilizes Sartre’s significant works, such as Being and Nothingness, and Existentialism is Humanism, in explicating the Sartrean concept in Rousseau's book, Emile. Existentialist hermeneutics helps the paper to re-interpret the text of Emile. It argues that Rousseau's philosophy of education, as demonstrated by Emile and his tutor, implicitly manifests absolute freedom and responsibility in the learning process. Thus, this paper provides a Sartrean existentialist perspective of understanding Rosseau's Emile.


How to Cite
Enaya, B. P., & Villaroya, A. F. (2021). Sartrean Freedom and Responsibility in Rousseau’s Emile. Philippine Social Science Journal, 4(1), 117-126.