Jean Jacques Rousseau And The Discourse On Inequality

1546 WordsOct 31, 20167 Pages
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, A Discourse Upon the Origin and the Foundation of the Inequality Among Mankind “In fact, the real source of all those differences, is that the savage lives within himself, whereas the citizen, beside himself, knows only how to live in the opinion of others; in so much that it is, if I may say so, merely from their judgement that he derives the consciousness of his own existence,” (Rousseau) The quote deriving from one of history’s most powerful and opinionated critique to ever be written, The Discourse on Inequality. This harsh critique is also something that many historians still look back on due to its relevance. Years after Rousseau’s death, and modern society and critiques still fall back and ask some of the same questions that he was asking upon mankind. In this analysis, we will be looking at the reasons why this powerful critique is still being used as examples in our modern day society and the philosophy behind the work. Overview on Rousseau and the Discourse. Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born on June 28th, 1712 in Geneva, Switzerland and died on July 2nd, 1778 in Ermeonville, France. The Swiss born would later become one of the most well-known philosopher, writer and political theorist whose treaties and novels greatly inspired the leaders of the French Revolution and the Romantic period. Against popular belief, Rousseau was one – if not – the least academical modern philosophers but still remains in many was as one of the most influential. His
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