Rousseau's signatures, the craftsman's fingerprint and the writer's eloquence, are discussed in terms of his lifetime's devotion to praxis and doxa respectively, the convergence of hand and voice through a deep involvement with craft and moral teaching, and the craftsman's preoccupation with durability. He realized that craft and life were intimately connected and mutually supportive: though writing is inevitably done at second hand, detached from reality itself, it is seen as a vital residue. Rousseau ‘made’ a world by projecting it, but also by deeply honouring the dignity of manual work.
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