If you happen to be in the local area over the next few months, with half an hour to spare, pop in to University College London‘s Art Museum, where a small exhibition is showcasing the life of French philosopher and author Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778). This event marks the 300th anniversary of his birth, and features books and artworks sourced from the British Museum and the Voltaire Foundation, as well as from UCL’s own archives.
Look out for a copy of Rousseau’s The Social Contract (Du contrat social ou Principes du droit politique), which was owned by philosopher and reformer Jeremy Bentham (1748 – 1832), and bears his name in the top right corner of the title page (below).
Rousseau 300: Nature, Self and State runs until 27th April 2012. Click here for more information.