Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality among Men By Jean-Jacques Rousseau with Related Documents

ISBN-10: 0312468423

ISBN-13: 9780312468422

Edition: 2011

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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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List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 10/13/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

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
First Part
Second Part
Related Documents
Politics Drawn from the Very Words of Holy Scripture, 1709
Leviathan, 1651
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
Selected Bibliography
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