How did Rousseau justify giving his 5 children to orphanage?

How did Rousseau justify giving his 5 children to orphanage?
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Posted Jan 17, 2010 - 3:02 PM:
Subject: How did Rousseau justify giving his 5 children to orphanage?
I know that this is something that bothered him a great deal, so obviously this wasn't something done out of sheer callousness but guided by reason. Anyone ventures to guess as to what that reason was?
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Posted Jan 17, 2010 - 3:13 PM:

Self-love. Actually caring for his children would have prevented him from pontificating as he did so relentlessly. And then where would poor humanity be? He sacrificed his children in order to enlighten us all.
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Posted Jan 17, 2010 - 11:13 PM:

You are referring to the five children of the illiterate seamstress he was living with. They may or may not have been his children. He didn't have the means to take care of them, either financially or stability. He put them in better homes. It was Voltaire who claimed that he left them on the doorstep of orphanages. At least that's the story, it was probably a very complex subject.
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