According To Reveau's Discourse On Inequality By Rousseau

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Inequality According to Rousseau In his Discourse on Inequality Rousseau strips humankind down to its initial state in an attempt to find the foundation of inequality. He pursues this foundation in hopes of being able to answer his larger question, when was the “moment at which right took the place of violence and nature became subject to law”. In other words, when does natural law give way to inequality. This paper will provide a comprehensive look at Rousseau’s attempt at answering that question and discovering the origins of inequality, while elaborating on some of the deficiencies of his arguments.
The Dedication Rousseau writes a lengthy dedication to begin this essay. The recipient of his dedication is the Republic of Geneva. Right
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While Rousseau takes care to mention how happy he is to have be born a part of the great country of Geneva, he does not feel the need to include that he was exiled from country when he ventured to France and converted religions. It is hard to believe that the dedication of this essay had nothing to do with the fact that Rousseau had just recently regained his citizenship in the nation. It would be quite easy to chalk this dedication up as a political move, a good move, but a political one …show more content…
He references good relations between the rulers and the ruled, women’s place in the society, the lack of war, and the friendly coexistence of theologians and nonbelievers (men of letters), all as aspects the state of Geneva that he finds to exemplify the perfect balance of inequalities. His description of these conditions, on the contrary, did not quite do the true conditions within the state justice. For example, there was actually conflict between the magistrates and the citizens and the coexistence of the theologians and the nonbelievers could not be classified as “friendly”. This sheds light on the possibility that Rousseau might have exaggerate the conditions of Geneva in order to glorify it even further. Though, with Rousseau being the brilliant thinker that he was, he very well could have exaggerate the conditions on purpose. Perhaps to try to bring certain things to the attention of the magistrates. Regardless of the validity of his descriptions and his motives in writing the dedication in the manner that he did, he does accomplish one thing with this dedication that cannot be doubted. That thing is he provides an early picture of a civilized society that he deem to be the perfect balance of inequality. This picture gives the readers insight into what is to come later in the

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