By Jean Starobinski
'Rousseau procéda à los angeles manière des prédicateurs. Il accusa le mal, pour mieux annoncer le remède. C'est l'indignation de los angeles vertu, assure-t-il, qui marqua le début de sa vocation philosophique, lorsqu'un concours d'académie souleva los angeles query des conséquences du rétablissement des sciences et des arts, c'est-à-dire de los angeles Renaissance. Son indignation, son ressentiment ont alors fait naître en lui une éloquence dont il ignorait encore tout le pouvoir.
Il a jugé nécessaire de remonter aux premiers temps de l'histoire humaine, et le modèle qu'il en a proposé lui a valu d'être considéré comme l'un des fondateurs de l'anthropologie. Il parvint à loger dans son roman l. a. Nouvelle Héloïse tout à los angeles fois un lieu où vivre et des voyages couvrant los angeles terre entière. Certains de ses lecteurs furent séduits au element de vouloir tout quitter pour vivre à ses côtés, comme s'il avait fondé un ordre religieux. Ce singulier attrait s'exerce encore.'
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So long as it has yet to pass through the process of analysis, it would hardly be called synthetic. On the other hand, it is generally recognized by scholars that the Indians showed a great skill in the analysis of linguistic or psychological phenomena. We cannot say that only Westerners have a tendency to be analytical. For example, Indian grammar was most advanced in the analysis of words and phrases, but very weak in its consideration of the Previous Released By -TSJ5J- Next Previous Released By -TSJ5J- Next Page 14 synthetic construction of sentences, while, on the other hand, Greek grammar has left an excellent achievement concerning syntax which deals with the synthetic field of words and phrases.
The fact that the nations of the East refuse to be altered easily in their ways of thinking or their social customs, even in the face of the thought or cultural influence of the West, should not be characterized Previous Released By -TSJ5J- Next Previous Released By -TSJ5J- Next Page 25 merely as due to the backwardness or retardation of the East Asian people. Some scholars report that the characters of the ways of thinking which we have delineated mainly in terms of how Buddhism was received, presented themselves in the case of Christianity as well.
Particularly, Dazai Shuntai believed that in ancient Japan from the beginning there was lacking any sign of ethical awareness, and that it was not until the introduction from China of the "Way of the Sage" or "The Teaching of the Sage" that the Japanese became interested in ethics. ' In recent years, however, Shintoists are said to be solemnly teaching the 'way of our country' as if it were profound, yet whatever they are teaching is nearly all fabrication and interpolation of later times. The fact that there were originally no Japanese equivalents to the Confucian list of the greatest virtues, benevolence (jen), righteousness (yi), propriety (li), harmony or music of the soul (yüeh), filial piety (hsiao), and brotherly respect (t'i); the absence of these words is proof that there was no such concept as 'the Way' (Tao) in Japan, and so the lack of Japanese equivalents reveals that their origin is not to be placed in Japan.
Accuser et séduire : Essais sur Jean-Jacques Rousseau by Jean Starobinski