Conrad and Rousseau: Concepts of Man and Society

  • Zdzislaw Najder


The objective of this essay is not a quest for sources. That Conrad read Rousseau does not need to be proven; how well he remembered his works and how strongly he felt Rousseau’s influence when writing his own novels does not concern me here. What I am attempting is not a genetic inquiry, but an exploration in the history of certain ideas. Nor is it a comprehensive study of the Conrad—Rousseau relation, which would have required a fuller discussion of various aspects and diverse components of Rousseau’s thought and means of expression.


Social Contract Good Intention Material Interest Revolutionary Movement Social Atomisation 
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