A Discourse on Inequality

A Discourse on Inequality


Introduction by: Maurice Cranston
Translator: Maurice Cranston
Notes by: Maurice Cranston

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140444391
  • 192 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

In A Discourse on Inequality, Rousseau sets out to demonstrate how the growth of civilization corrupts man’s natural happiness and freedom by creating artificial inequalities of wealth, power and social privilege. Contending that primitive man was equal to his fellows, Rousseau believed that as societies become more sophisticated, the strongest and most intelligent members of the community gain an unnatural advantage over their weaker brethren, and that constitutions set up to rectify these imbalances through peace and justice in fact do nothing but perpetuate them. Rousseau’s political and social arguments in the Discourse were a hugely influential denunciation of the social conditions of his time and one of the most revolutionary documents of the eighteenth-century.

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Table of Contents

A Discourse on InequalityForeword
Introduction

Discourse on the Origins and Foundations of Inequality among Men

Rousseau’s Notes
Abbreviations used in Editor’s Introduction and Notes
Editor’s Notes

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