Discourse on Inequality

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    and the poor is too large. If the rich were to give a little back or invest their money in businesses or other services it could help close that gap. The rich occupy a large amount of money and resources in America and a lot of it goes unused. These resources could go to other people to help out because the rich waste a lot of them. In the end a person can only drive one car at a time and live in one house at a time. Even though some of these things are considered “wants” in life, many are “needs”. They would not be considered a need for the rich if they are wasted. With the help of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Discourse on Inequality, John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government, and Karl Marx’s Das Capital I can distinguish the difference between a need and a want and that it is hard to close the gap between the rich and the poor. In Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality he states “This is mine” (Rousseau, 249). With this statement by Rousseau, he is trying to say that people are more worried about themselves than others. Rousseau credits this for many crimes, wars and murders. Rousseau also said “The first expansions of the human heart were the effects of a novel situation, which united husbands and wives, fathers and children, under one roof” (Rousseau, 252). Rousseau is saying that the first time that humans were not just thinking of themselves is when they had a family. He says that “Each family became a little society” (Rousseau, 252). Rousseau says that when the…

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    In the “Discourse on the origin of human inequality”, Rousseau argues that social inequality is caused by the competitions that originated from individualism, through which people only pursue self-interest and put equality in danger. Rousseau believes that the state of nature does not have much inequality, which is worsened along with the development of human civilization and political institutions and leaves a greater gap between the rich and the poor. According to Rousseau, when human…

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    A Discourse on Inequality, published in 1755 by Jean-Jacques Rousseau was an essay submitted into a competition out of hundreds of competitors that also applied happened to win. This discourse exceptional read about inequality before and after man meant society. Equality was an important and essential aspect of life, as it proceed to seem unchangeable and then meeting miraculous change. Rousseau did a proficient job explaining the various steps of how man came to be unequal from a state of…

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    In the Second Discourse on Inequality, Jean Jacque Rousseau outlined the origin and development of private property. The formation of the hut is the first step towards the ultimate creation of society as families and communities start to form. Unlike savage man who’s primary motivation was self-preservation, civilized man embraced amour propre as they begin to compare their strengths and abilities of others. Although Rousseau argues that the invention of private property is not natural, it is…

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    In this paper I am going to summarize Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “Discourse on the Origin of Inequality” in which Rousseau theorizes that inequality is not a natural event, but an unfortunate byproduct of modern life. I will then provide a criticism of Rousseau’s argument, focusing on his decision to not discuss the relationship between natural and moral inequality. This criticism will then be countered by a theorized response from Rousseau’s perspective. The general argument presented by Rousseau…

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    In Rousseau's Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Rousseau argues that the concept of nature justifies harmful inequality, and the best way to negate that is to reveal that inequality is “unnatural”. In his endeavor reveal the origin of inequality Rousseau examines the idea of the savage man. The Savage man being one who lives among beasts and raises themselves to the level of animal instinct. This man has no instinctive qualities, including language and the power of reason. Their whole being…

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    Jean-Jacques Rousseau, an influential philosopher and writer during the enlightenment of the 18th century, explicitly expressed his view of slavery and alterity in two of his well-known works, The Social Contract and Discourse on Inequality. In The Social Contract, Rousseau supposes that man is born free, and no man should be able to rule over another , while simultaneously summarizing and refuting opposing claims made by relevant and significant philosophers before him. Jean-Jacques Rousseau…

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    and influences in selecting our choice and use of specific words and not otherwise. Critical discourse analysis defines and determines the socio-political status of utterances in a given context. Van Dijk defines CDA as an approach which seeks to investigate that; Primarily studies the way social power abuse, dominance and inequality are enacted reproduced and resisted by text and talk in the social and political context. With such dissident research, critical discourse analysts take explicit…

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    How does inequality form from a society created to treat men equally? In Rousseau’s Discourse on the Origin of Inequality Rousseau describes society as a gathering of people who leave the state of nature, to achieve their common goal through the rule of the higher power. The state of nature allows men to live equally with one another, where there is no authority leader. However, when men decided to form a society they gave up their rights of freedom and handed it over to a person of authority.…

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    A Discourse on Social Matters Political theorist, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, has shared many of his wise understandings of society in his work, “Discourse on the Origin of Inequality”. Rousseau is viewed as one of the most renowned French philosophers of the 18th century. In this work, he focuses on the state of nature of man and brilliantly compares the savage man to the civil man. He also mentions pity and how the human race would be chaotic without it. I agree with these ideas of Rousseau, and…

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