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Unformatted text preview: he idealizes society as being made by its members to serve their best interests and views the state of nature as what people were trying to get away from once they became aware of their conditions in it. He seems to adopt a Platonic viewpoint on how if people purely follow their desires without thinking they will become enslaved to them. <br> So the way I see to reconcile these seeming opposite view points is to suggest that Rousseau was saying that people in the state of nature when they run around naked not thinking about anything are in the state of most liberty. However when reason enters the equation, then people can not ignore it and continue being savages, in which case the society becomes the state of most liberty....
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Wormer during the Spring '08 term at Columbia.
- Spring '08