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"This violence [of Dr Johnson against Rousseau] seemed very strange to me, who had read many of Rousseau"s animated writings with great pleasure, and even edification; had been much pleased with his society, and was just come from the Continent, where he was very generally admired. Nor can I yet allow that he deserves the very severe censure which Johnson pronounced upon him. His absurd preference of savage to civilized life and other singularities are proofs rather of a defect in his understanding than of any depravity in his heart. And notwithstanding the unfavourable opinion which many worthy men have expressed of his ""Profession de Foi du Vicaire Savoyard,"" I cannot help admiring it as the performance of a man full of sincere reverential submission to Divine Mystery, though beset with perplexing doubts: a state of mind to be viewed with pity rather than with anger."

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Originally published 1791. It seems likely that Boswell is referring to this in his comments on civilised and savage.

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Boswell, James
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Life of Johnson
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Originally published 1791. It seems likely that Boswell is referring to this in his comments on civilised and savage.

How to cite this record

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Accessed on 2019/09/19 00:50:43

Related people
Boswell, James
Related text or manuscript
Life of Johnson
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