Your copies of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Basic Political Writings are available for pick-up at the front desk of Fox Leadership Hall (3814 Walnut Street).
Discussion Questions on Rousseau’s “Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts”
- What is Rousseau’s indictment of the Enlightenment? Is there something to his charge?
- According to Machiavelli, the prince has to deal with the situation he is presented with; if the times are corrupt, then a leader has to deal with that fact and adjust accordingly. What is Rousseau’s view of how a thinker should meet the state of society in the times one lives in?
- Rousseau remarks on the highly professionalized life of modern men: “We have physicists, geometers, chemists, astronomers, poets, musicians, painters; we no longer have citizens” (p. 21). What is he driving at in this distinction?