Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by UBC Arts One. Philosopher, novelist, playwright and composer, Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 — 1778) became a leading figure of the Enlightenment as one of its sharpest critics. His Discourse on the Origin and the Foundations of Inequality Among Men (1755)—a trenchant analysis of the political, moral and psychological hazards of civil society, and of the alienation of the modern self captivated Rousseau’s contemporaries, and remains compelling to this day.


Dr. Brandon Konoval is a Professor at the UBC School of Music. He has long been associated with the development of distance learning initiatives, co-authoring a music appreciation course with noted Canadian pianist, Dr. Robert Silverman, and creating his own online introduction to music theory. His research interests are in music theory and history, European intellectual and cultural history, history and philosophy of science.

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