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A Discourse Upon the Origin and the Foundation of the Inequality Among Mankind

A Discourse Upon the Origin and the Foundation of the Inequality Among Mankind by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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In this thought-provoking work, Rousseau dives deep into the concept of inequality among people, exploring its origins and foundations. He presents a compelling argument that societal structures and institutions have played a significant role in creating and perpetuating inequality, rather than it being a natural state of humanity.

Rousseau challenges the prevailing beliefs of his time, questioning the legitimacy of inequality and advocating for a more just and equitable society. His ideas are both radical and revolutionary, offering a fresh perspective on the complex issue of social hierarchies.

While some may find Rousseau's arguments controversial or difficult to digest, his insights are undeniably important in understanding the roots of inequality and the potential for change. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in social justice, philosophical inquiry, or the nature of human society.

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This work presents Rousseau’s belief in the profoundly transformational effects of the development of civilization on human nature, which Rousseau claims other political philosophers had failed to grasp. Specifically, before the onset of civilization, according to Rousseau, natural man lived a contented, solitary life, naturally good and happy. It is only with the onset of civilization, Rousseau claims, that humans become social beings, and, concomitant with their civilization, natural man becomes corrupted with the social vices of pride, vanity, greed and servility.

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