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A Discourse Upon the Origin and the Foundation Of The Inequality Among Mankind Kindle Edition

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Rousseau's early essay on the origins of man and society using biology, anthropology and linguistics is now mostly of historical interest, but Neville Jason s skilled reading helps keep it enjoyable. His pleasant voice, distinguished-sounding accent, and somewhat rolling style at the same time precise and conversational, intellectual but easygoing matches Rousseau's essayistic manner. Jason avoids becoming ponderous, moving the text fluidly but at a measured pace, which is helpful for the listener who is grappling with the ideas. He clearly understands what he s reading and is able to give phrases and sentences their proper intonation and emphasis, which also aids the listener s understanding. Audio may not seem the obvious choice for philosophy, but Jason's narration makes it work. --Audio file, Oct'15

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 61 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00849406O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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The book is as accurate today in the civilian state we live in, as what it was and descibed in 1755. A very good read.
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Not an easy read but fascinating original thinking if philosophy is your scene. Addresses European political issues of incompetence and much of it still relevant. A treatise of despair.
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First off, I read this as part of my assignment reading and have to say that this book is by far the most interesting and thought provoking piece of work I have read in quite a while.
Though the time it was written was many eons ago this still makes you consider the inequalities and divisions in today's society. With references to other writers of the time Rousseau discusses Hobbes and others in relation to his own unique view on society.

Worth a read for any lover of politics, sociology and economics. For free this is a bargain too :-P
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One of the great philosophes of the French Enlightenment, this work illustrates Rousseau's thoughts and ideas in a concise and most importantly free way. The clear parallels between this book and the Committee of Public Safety of the French Revolution are clear, and my personal disagreements with Rousseau are the only reason why I have marked it down. Despite a slightly archaic language format, the book is entirely relevant in questions of human morality and the role and correct size of the State and its various institutions.
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