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A Discourse Upon The Origin And The Foundation of The Inequality Among Mankind
Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men (Discours sur l'origine et les fondements de l'in
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18 January 2013
I found this book an interesting read and it does has some interesting concepts. While it sort of reads like Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, much of the ideas are based upon speculation and Rousseau's conclusions seem to be little more than guess work. Mind you, it is interesting to see such a discourse written over one hundred years before Darwin wrote his Origin of the Species, and it appears that Darwin has borrowed from this text. Ho ...more
"A magnificent triumph of imagination, scholarship and reason!"
The discourse is divided into two parts. Part I deals with Man in the "State of Nature" (a concept used to denote the hypothetical conditions of what the lives of people migh ...more
في عام 1753 طرحت أكاديمية ديجون سؤالًا على عموم الكتّاب : ما أصل التف ...more
Without Rousseau’s careful reflections on “the distance from pure sensations to the simplest knowledge”, Kant couldn’t have applied his theory that, “Men work themselves gradually out of barbarity if only intentional artifices are not made to hold them in it.” Rousseau says the distance couldn’t have been bridged without communication and goes on to show how incredibly slow the process to create language must have been. Society must have been a precursor to real language, the first ideas must ha ...more
Antes de comenzar con Un discurso sobre la desigualdad (o como sea que se haya traducido en español), me esperaba un lenguaje súper complicado y unos conceptos en extremo complejos. Además, iba mentalizada con la tarea que iba a tener que hacer después, por lo que no me esperaba disfrutar demasiado de esta lectura.
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That said, once you decide this isn't a work of philosophy, it gets much bette ...more
More recently I have come across a variety of texts addressing a very different Rousseau - u ...more
P.S. Terrible conclusion! Primitivism or faith and loyalty to the state? Bah how limited.
Les Miserables, the musical, is one of our favorites and we have recently started reading the book. This essay was interesting to read in that context because it gives an idea about the prevailing ideas in France at the time that eventually led to the revolution and more.
This was a period in modern w ...more
Although this treatise contains many good points, and some advanced ideas on democratic government, I found its argument empty. Even given that Rousseau’s construction of the “natural world,” of early, “savage” man is a conjecture, a hypothetical thought experiment, it is misinformed and lacks any data to even suggest validity. My two main objections are: (i) the “original” state of man was not, in fact, a solitary nomadic one, but most likely has always been a triba ...more
نص فلسفي فريد استطاع أن يفرض نفسه لثلاثة قرون على الفكر البشري.
الكتاب عبارة عن قسمين، القسم الأول عبارة عن تفكيك، والثاني عبارة عن تحليل من بداية الإنسان إلى وصوله إلى الشكل الاجتماعي الحالي .. وكان جدًا ممتع صراحة