Essay about Analysis Of Jean Jacques Rousseau 's Theory

784 Words Jul 27th, 2015 4 Pages
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a very influential Genevan philosopher in the early 18th century. Rousseau believed that man was born equal however society and advancements in mankind created inequality. Furthermore, Rousseau states that there are two different types of inequality; the first inequality being natural inequality, which is established by nature and consists in the difference of physical features and qualities of mind, and the second being political inequality, which depends on a kind of convection and is authorized by the consent of men. I agree with Rousseau’s argument that contemporary social relationships, such as monogamy, are not natural to human beings and that other forms of relationship would occur in other social arrangements, because mankind is not in its natural state, civilization has removed human freedom, and mankind had different social arrangements prior to the creation of societies. Rousseau begins his argument by stating that society has removed man from the state of nature. Rousseau argues that in nature, “a savage man’s body is the only instrument he knows, he employs it for a variety of purposes that, for lack of practice, ours are incapable of serving.” Rousseau immediately shows how society and civilization have decreased the nature of man because modern advancements have kept man from following natural physical improvements necessary for survival. Rousseau then explains how extreme inequality in our lifestyle exists when you look at…

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