It is almost impossible to overestimate the importance of Rousseau's thought upon the world's history and ideas, and although The Social Contract and The Discourse on the Arts and Sciences are easier and more satisfying reads, this is definitely worth a look. In it you will find the seeds of many of Marx's ideas (e.g. property being the basis of inequality) as well as one of the most unique insights into 'natural man' that any political philosopher has ever produced. Natural man has never been so individual as Rousseau presents him here. Fluently written, passionately written and created with his usual style, this is Rousseau doing what he did best - being polemic
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