Robert J. England II HON 211 – David Gross Monday, October 30, 2006 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, like many of the other so-called “great” authors, wrote primarily because he saw severe problems in the society of his time, and wrote as his best attempt to halt these problems. In doing so, he was able to inject his own unique ideas into the major political theories of the world. His ideas would prove to be so revolutionary that they became just that – the driving points behind revolutions in the following century. Rousseau showed a good deal of wisdom in his claims of the proper nature of government, as was written in his basic writings, primarily the Social Contract , and discussed in our recent lecture by Steve Cohn and Alex Grab. Rousseau created an interesting world view with his beliefs, stemming from his opinion on the nature of human beings. Rousseau's claim that human beings are naturally good when separated from society is very controversial compared to the primary opinions of his contemporaries and influences, such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. The more common mode of thinking suggested that men and
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