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If humans are benevolent by nature, how do societies become corrupt And how do governments founded upon the defense of individual rights degenerate into tyranny These are the questions addressed by Jean Jacques Rousseau s Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, a strikingly original inquiry into much explored issues of 18th century and subsequent philosophy human nature and the best form of government.Rousseau takes an innovative approach by introducing a hypothetical history that presents a theoretical view of people in a pre social condition and the ensuing effects of civilization In his sweeping account of humanity s social and political development, the author develops a theory of human evolution that prefigures Darwinian thought and encompasses aspects of ethics, sociology, and epistemology He concludes that people are inevitably corrupt as a result of both natural or physical inequalities and moral or political inequalities.One of the most influential works of the Enlightenment, the Discourse on the Origin of Inequality offers a thought provoking account of society s origins and a keen criticism of unequal modern political institutions....

Title : Discourse on the Origin of Inequality (Dover Thrift Editions)
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ISBN : 0486434141
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Dover Publications 33603rd edition June 4, 2004
Number of Pages : 64 pages
File Size : 997 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Discourse on the Origin of Inequality (Dover Thrift Editions) Reviews

  • Ethan Blanchard
    2019-03-13 05:47

    The first half of this book is near useless. He has next to no evidence for his notions on the noble savage and even contradicts himself by page 50 by admitting that the Native Americans don't actually fit his description. However; his political philosophy in the last 10 pages was slightly indemnifying.

  • Techela
    2019-02-26 06:07

    This book addresses inequalities in life. Books such as this one often make me wonder. How could such intelligence available so long ago, lead to were we have arrived today? This title is certain to open your eyes. I highly recommend this book. Personal enlightenment always makes life easier and happier.

  • Chris Evans
    2019-03-14 03:54

    First off, the actual book is fine, especially for a class or something educational. However, on a deeper level, I myself am not such a huge fan of Rousseau, with his ideas of "humans being naturally innocent and then being corrupted by society"; I myself much prefer Voltaire's view of the world during the period of the Enlightenment. This "book" is actually an essay that Rousseau wrote for a contest sometime in the 18th century, and the judges were so disgusted that they didn't even finish it. I'm inclined to agree with them. A must if needed for educational purposes (college-level would probably be best-I needed it for a cultural-philosophy course) but if you want to read philosophy, or an author's viewpoint during Enlightenment, find something better, like Kant or Voltaire.

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-03-21 00:55

    This product does not include any of the pages my instructor had us read. Do not buy if you are using it for college.

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-03-23 08:06

    Book served its purpose for my daughter's college class.

  • Darlene Pimenow
    2019-02-28 03:52


  • John
    2019-03-19 01:42

    Jean-Jacques has wrote a interesting and thought provoking body of work. It is relevant for today, reflecting assumptions about this topic we currently make. A recommend read and I look forward to his other articles.

  • Savannah Hulsopple
    2019-03-03 04:06

    well written and goes through each point clearly. I'd recommend to anyone interested in philosophy especially