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Discourse on the Origin of Inequality [Hardcover]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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13 Sep 2007
Discourse on the Origin of Inequality is a work written by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Originally written in the mid-18th century, it is an attempt to answer the question, "What is the origin of inequality among men, and is it authorized by natural law?" as a part of a competition by the Académie de Dijon. The Discourse on the Origin of Inequality is a key work on the differences among men and was opposite of Thomas Hobbes' view that pre-civilized man was in a state of all against all warfare, but rather Rousseau believed that man in a natural state is more accurately described as a noble savage. This is an important work for those interested in the works and beliefs of both Jean-Jacques Rousseau as well as his contemporary Thomas Hobbes.


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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: FQ Classics (13 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599867346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599867342
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 16 April 2008
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Having read a vast amount of political literature during my politics degree there is only one book that really stands out from the rest. It is this book, 'discourse on the origin of inequality'. It is an intriguing read with some very thought provoking stuff. I think if you were to read any of Rousseau it should be this book. In response to the review where they say he states the obvious, he may well do but it is the way he writes that really gets you thinking. You must also remember the time he was writing, many of these things that we think are obvious were not in the 1700's!
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Any suggestion that Rousseau is simply proffering a series of trite ideas is misplaced. Though largely ignored by comparison with The Social Contract, A Discourse on Inequality is in my opinion Rousseau's magnum opus. Rousseau's emphasis on the benefits of a culture based around philistinism - as seen in the less well-written Discourse on the Arts and Sciences - is clearly evident in his conception of 'savage' or 'natural' man (depending on edition) who sacrificed his asocial hunter-gatherer existence for life in society. The deleterious consequences of man's socialisation described by Rousseau are both polemical and compelling. Moreover, the effect, which the text had upon the ideas of both Marx and Engles, is perhaps ostensible in sentences such as: `The first man who, having fenced off a plot of land, thought of saying "This is mine" and found people simple enough to believe him was the real founder of civil society'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read 10 Jan 2014
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Being one of the philosopher and thinkers that influenced the modern way of thinking this discourse is probably his best. Rousseau analyses in depth and with great attention what he thinks is the origin of inequality and raises a lot questions, discussions and thinking on whether he is right or wrong.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Most disappointing publication of any work I've ever read 12 Oct 2010
By CasieJean - Published on Amazon.com
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This publication is unacceptably limited in content.

1) It does not include any of Rousseau's footnotes, which are critical to a more complete understanding his arguments.

2) It does not include the original date of publication.

3) It does not include his Dedication to Geneva.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The garden of eden 11 Aug 2000
By Raymond F. Donahue - Published on Amazon.com
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I find Rousseau especially creative in the way he describes how inequality progressed from the time the first humans made contact. He makes a good case for the solitary life. I think Rousseau believes it is destructive whenever humans come together in groups. Governments were formed to protect the weaker from the stronger or as Rousseau thinks to actually protect the rich from the poor. This is an outstanding book. It will haunt you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Example of the 18th Century Enlightenment. 27 Feb 2003
By S. K. Leggate - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful example of the 18th century enlightenment. In this work, Rousseau states that inequalities of rank, wealth, and power are the inevitable result of the civilizing process, something most of us have found to be very true if unfair. This new translation also includes all of Rousseau's own notes.
I enjoyed this tremendously, and am always amazed that the thought pattern and process is oneof the few things that hasn't changed over the centuries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enlightenment lost 8 July 2013
By Techela - Published on Amazon.com
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This book addresses inequalities in life. Books such as this one often make me wonder. How could such intelligence available so long ago, lead to were we have arrived today? This title is certain to open your eyes. I highly recommend this book. Personal enlightenment always makes life easier and happier.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Content fine, but... 30 May 2012
By E - Published on Amazon.com
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Up to page 29 is one type of paper; from page 30 on is printed on completely different paper. Was there any quality control at all?
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