ROUSSEAU’S DISCOURSE ON INEQUALITY

In the second installment of our discussion of Rousseau, please allow the following discussion questions to guide your reading of his “Discourse on Inequality”:

1. What, for Rousseau, are the political implications of his view that inequalities in society are artificial, not natural, in origin?

2.  For Rousseau, what are the worst prices we pay for civilization?  Don’t give a list… As you understand him, what are, for Rousseau, the truly deepest costs of civilization?

3. What is Rousseau’s analysis of power (the mechanism by which some command while others obey)?

4.  In the “Discourse on Inequality,” what are Rousseau’s deepest fears about humankind?

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