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A Discourse on Inequality
Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

ISBN: 9780140444391
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 5 February 1985
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.1
Description:
'How can we know the source of inequality among men if we do not first have knowledge of men themselves?'

In A Discourse on Inequality Rousseau sets out to demonstrate how the growth of civilization corrupts man's natural happiness and freedom by creating artificial inequalities of wealth, power and social privilege. Contending that primitive man was equal to his fellows, Rousseau believed that as societies become more sophisticated, the strongest and most intelligent members of the community gain an unnatural advantage over their weaker brethren, and that constitutions set up to rectify these imbalances through peace and justice only perpetuate them. Rousseau's Discourse was a hugely influential denunciation of the social conditions of his time and one of the most revolutionary documents of the eighteenth-century.

About The Author

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born in Geneva in 1712. Abandoned by his father at the age of ten he tried his hand as an engraver's apprentice before he left the city in 1728. From then on he was to wander Europe seeking ...

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