Analysis Of Jean Jacques Rousseau 's ' Perfect Freedom

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For Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s claim to be deliberated as true (or at least mostly true), it would require that the essence of the claim is subjectively challenged. First, it would demand that an analysis, substantiated with empiricism, could validate how the family unit is the impetus to dependency and vanity. Secondly, it would appeal for evidence of how dependency and vanity ultimately leads to exploiting the violent and evil tendencies of humanity. Finally, it must be able to provide a link, demonstrated in sum, how such tendencies are interconnected and inferred by the family unit. If Rousseau’s claim is unable to satisfy any one of the benchmarks, it must be invalidated.

The problem with Rousseau’s assertion is that dependence vis-a-vis the family is not compatible with the true nature of human beings. Dependence on a person or persons (i.e. the family unit), or in the domain of a system of government, whether physical or emotional, runs contrary to the suggestion of Thomas Hobbes that perfect freedom is an intrinsic condition of human nature. The only true natural association is the family; its characteristics are primarily widespread beyond the primitive needs from which it originates. Where Hobbes might suggest that there is a measure of independence supplemented in family, John Locke on the other hand might argue that the family unit fulfills a natural law. From its inception, the presence of social constraints on the institution of family necessitates a…
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