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Discourse on the Origin of Inequality By Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Discourse on the Origin of Inequality
by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Argues that inequalities of wealth, rank and power are the inevitable result of the civilizing process. Rousseau knows that there is no return to a simpler time, but shows that measuring the costs of progress can help people imagine alternatives to the oppression and corruption of modern society.
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Discourse on the Origin of Inequality by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

In his "Discourses" (1755), Rousseau argues that inequalities of rank, wealth and power are the inevitable result of the civilizing process. If inequality is intolerable - and Rousseau shows with unparalleled eloquence how it robs us not only of our material, but also of our psychological independence - then how can we recover the peaceful self-sufficiency of life in the state of nature? We cannot return to a simpler time, but measuring the costs of progress may help us to imagine alternatives to the corruption and oppressive conformity of modern society. Rousseau's sweeping account of humanity's social and political development epitomizes the innovative boldness of the Enlightenment, and it is one of the most provocative and influential works of the 18th century. This new translation includes all Rousseau's own notes, and Patrick Coleman's introduction builds on recent key scholarship, considering particularly, the relationship between political and aesthetic thought. Patrick Coleman is the author of "Rousseau's Political Imagination".

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GOR001401878
Discourse on the Origin of Inequality by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
1994-02-17
162
0192829475
9780192829474
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