Difference Between Voltaire And Rousseau

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Register to read the introduction… They both viewed complete monarchy as dangerous and sinful and snubbed conventional Christianity. Both men also shared what was called "deism,” but Jean Jacques Rousseau seemed to have had two dealings with the Enlightenment Movement. First example, Kant defined Enlightenment as; “the exist out of the humans' adolescence which they had imposed upon themselves.” Under this definition, Rousseau was indeed one of the Enlightenment philosophes. On the other hand, in a narrower scope, the Enlightenment means “the almost blind faith in the almightiness of human Reason.” Under this definition, Rousseau was in contradiction of the Enlightenment since Rousseau did not accept the tyranny of Reason and was in favor of the return to nature and the resurgence of inner …show more content…
The equality and freedom of the state of nature was destroyed by the social institutions of inequality and constraint. In fact historically there was the state of nature, although Rousseau did not advocate it. The state of nature is “the state of ought or that of the ideal, toward which we must return and we must recover our own authentic being by recovering those natural rights of equality and freedom.” The following opera was in an attempt to encourage the positive ideals for reform of culture and society. The Social Contract was one of the most influential publications in modern-day European history. While some of Rousseau peers dealt with the political institutions prevalent in the time, Rousseau was more worried about the ideal conditions and the principles of what the government ought to be. However, with such ideas, there are dispute as to whether Rousseau’s thoughts is best written off as as “Enlightenment” or “counter-Enlightenment.” Giving a foundation to philosophy that was autonomous of any and all traditions, culture, or religion at least one that any rational person would accept, was the major goal of Enlightenment

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