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Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution

Simon Schama1990

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2018-02-23

Innocence

The notion of child-like innocence probably begins with Rousseau or at least someone in that line of thinking.

It's a weird idea, though, that knowledge and experience makes one less virtuous. If everyone begins child-like and innocent, where can the adulteration that strips one of innocence originate? Suppose you have to admit some are born evil and can therefore generate evil, but of course, that sort of thinking can justify all sorts of not-so-innocent human behavior to protect the good.