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This chapter explores the relation of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's epistemology to his perception of political things. For more than a century, the significance of epistemology for the problem of political perception has raised widespread and considerable interest. To understand why Rousseau's practical reason does not even discreetly point to an ascent from the cave of the dianoetic realm, it is necessary to examine more closely what he means by the principle of reasoning. In order to understand Rousseau's principle of practical reason, it is necessary to examine attentively his theory of sentiment. To do this, it is helpful to return to the question of le moi, or the ego, raised hitherto in connection with the problem of raison. Rousseau's political teaching is based on principles of practice independent of the guiding spirit of philosophy or theoria.