The 's Discourse On The Origin, And The Foundation Of Inequality Among Men By Jean Jacque Rousseau

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Inequality is an undoubtedly prominent aspect of society today. Injustice can be found between those of different races, genders, nationalities, and economic and political statuses. One might begin to wonder: how did such imbalance arise in people who are, in essence, very much the same? In his Discourse on the Origin, and the Foundation of Inequality Among Men, Jean-Jacque Rousseau discusses his theories about the sources of inequality in humankind. He, along with other authors, has much evidence to argue that the injustices in society came about as a result of the formation of civilization. In his Discourse on Inequality, Rousseau begins by identifying the qualities of the natural man. Throughout his writing, it is this natural man, oftentimes referred to as a savage, who is attributed with the most respectable traits. Avram Alpert recognizes how Rousseau wishes that men of society could return to their primitive ways: “The desire to be such a soul [natural], following its intuitions and realizing itself outside of societal constraints, marks nearly all of Rousseau’s writings” (Alpert, 127). In his discourse, Rousseau first acknowledges the ways in which the savage man is physically advantageous, but later goes on to show the multitude of ways in which the man of nature is morally superior to the men of modern society. He praises his ability to live in the present moment without agitations, without needs beyond those that are physical. The lack of more developed needs…

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