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Discourse on the Origin of Inequality (1754)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140444394, Paperback)In "A Discourse on Inequality", Rousseau sets out to demonstrate how the growth of civilization corrupts man's natural happiness and freedom by creating artificial inequalities of wealth, power and social privilege. Contending that primitive man was equal to his fellows, Rousseau believed that as societies become more sophisticated, the strongest and most intelligent members of the community gain an unnatural advantage over their weaker brethren, and that constitutions set up to rectify these imbalances through peace and justice in fact do nothing but perpetuate them. Rousseau's political and social arguments in the "Discourse" were a hugely influential denunciation of the social conditions of his time and one of the most revolutionary documents of the eighteenth-century.
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A republication of French author and philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau's eighteenth-century text in which he discusses the negative impact of civilization on man's natural happiness and freedom.
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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