Discourse on Inequality pdf
Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men, also commonly known as the “Second Discourse”, is a work by philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
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Rousseau’s text is divided into four main parts: the dedication, the preface, an extended inquiry into the nature of the human being and another inquiry into the evolution of the human species within society. Also, there is an appendix that elaborates primarily on eighteenth-century anthropological research throughout the text. Rousseau discusses two types of inequality: natural, or physical inequality, and ethical, or moral inequality. Natural inequality involves differences between one human’s body and that of another—it is a product of nature. Rousseau is not concerned with this type of inequality because he claims it is not the root of the inequality found in civil society. Instead, he argues moral inequality is unique to civil society and is evinced in differences in “wealth, nobility or rank, power, and personal merit.” This type of inequality is established by convention. Rousseau appears to take a cynical view of civil society, where man has strayed from his “natural state” of individual independence and freedom to satisfy his individual needs and desires.
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Name Of the Novel: Discourse on Inequality
Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Publication date: 1754
Text: Discourse on Inequality Book by Jean-Jacques Rousseau pdf
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