Quotes from Discourse on the Origin of Inequality

Quotes from Jean-Jacques Rousseau's, "Discourse on the Origin of Inequality" focus on the relationships between individuals, hierarchies, and government within a society. In this work of political philosophy Rousseau attempts to brush aside previous attempts by philosophers to explain society and inequality, and to create a clean slate in which Rousseau, for admittedly hypothetical argument, paints a picture of man greatly abstracted from that which inhabits the 'civilized' world. It is this state of uncivilized man that Rousseau believes reaches the base of natural law.

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