n French philosopher and writer born in Switzerland; believed that the natural goodness of man was warped by society; ideas influenced the French Revolution Synonyms: Jean-Jacques Rousseau Example of: philosopher. a specialist in philosophy.
I've always rejected being understood. To be understood is to prostitute oneself. I prefer to be taken seriously for what I'm not, remaining humanly unknown, with naturalness and all due respect. — Fernando Pessoa (The Book of Disquiet)