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The First and Second Discourses Paperback – October 15, 1969

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ISBN-13: 978-0312694401 ISBN-10: 0312694407 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; First Edition edition (October 15, 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312694407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312694401
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Brian Pacific on June 8, 2000
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"I conceive of two sorts of inequality in the human species: one, which I call natural or physical, because it is established by nature and consists in the difference of ages, health, bodily strengths, and qualities of mind or soul; the other which may be called moral or political inequality, because it depends upon a sort of convention and is established, or at least authorized, by consent of men. The latter consists in the different privileges that some men enjoy to the prejudice of others, such as to be richer, more honored, more powerful than they, or even to make themselves obeyed by them."
In 1750, the Academy of Dijon held an essay contest. The question, `Has the restoration of the sciences & arts tended to purify morals?' The First Discourse (Discourse on the Sciences and Arts) was the winning essay. Rousseau's powerful critique of the enlightenment in modern Europe spit in the faces of the very people that were judging his work. However, Rousseau's arguments and assessment of the enlightenment were so profound that even the elite scholars of the Academy could not deny Rousseau his just recognition for superior writing and understanding of the nature of the sciences and arts and their effects on modern life.
Rousseau's Second Discourse (Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequity) was a follow up to the first. In it, Rousseau delves deeper into the issue of human origins (i.e. the state of nature) and the cause and effects of human inequality.
No other philosopher has be praised and condemned, celebrated and written-off as much as Rousseau. His countless effects on modern life go relatively unknown. Anyone who has read Marx, must ask themselves, what history book was Marx reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amber on April 15, 2013
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Was one of the 6 required texts for my political science 200 class. I actually liked it more than some of the other books we had to read. Not too difficult to read and was exactly what was required for my class.
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By Jack on August 30, 2014
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Arrived on time and the price was great. Ordered for a class.
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By Charles Crawford on September 11, 2014
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By e on February 26, 2011
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Wxactly what was said was given. It arrived very quickly and in great condition. Actually better than what was said. I am very pleased
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