Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality among Men By Jean-Jacques Rousseau with Related Documents
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Description: A provocative essay that challenged the superiority of civilized society and modern government, Jean-Jacques Rousseau'sDiscourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequalitymade him an outcast among fellow Enlightenment thinkers but stands today as one of the most important political texts in Western history. Helena Rosenblatt's new translation, introduction, and selection of related documents help students comprehend why Rousseau's criticisms of human nature, political hierarchy, and private property were so controversial in his time yet later were hailed as a foundation of democracy. The introduction explores life experiences that shaped Rousseau's philosophy, explains contemporary ideas about political authority and social order, and guides students through Rousseau's thought, including explanations of how his work anticipated theories about evolution and inspired leaders of the French Revolution. Related primary documents -- including a selection from Rousseau'sSocial Contract-- situate Rousseau's ideas in contemporary political and social thought. Questions for consideration, a chronology of Rousseau's life and work, and a selected bibliography enrich students' understanding of the man and his times.
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Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 10/13/2010
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
|A Note about the Text and Translation|
|Introduction: The Life and Thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau|
|Rousseau's Beginnings: The Road to the Second Discourse|
|The Origins of Political Authority|
|Rousseau's Bombshell: The Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality among Men|
|Rousseau's Later Life and Legacy|
|Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality among Men by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Citizen of Geneva|
|Notice about the Notes|
|Politics Drawn from the Very Words of Holy Scripture, 1709|
|On the Duty of Man and Citizen according to Natural Law, 1673|
|Two Treatises of Government, 1690|
|Discourse on the Nature of Animals, 1753|
|Of the Social Contract, 1762|
|Eulogies to Rousseau, 1790s|
|The Principles of Politics, 1810|
|A Jean-Jacques Rousseau Chronology (1712-1794)|
|Questions for Consideration|