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Aaron Hess Michael Welsh Modern Political Thought 6 February, 2008 A Discourse on Inequality Differing in many ways from the Hobbsian notion on the origins of inequality, Jean Jacques Rousseau attempts to take his discourse to a time when humans existed in their earliest form. A time that in fact never really existed, before human interaction, and before there could have been any chance that an outside human or animalistic being could have had an influence on the events that transpired. His point is much the same as raising an ant farm in that he wanted to place a bunch of idealistic humans in a proverbial bubble (that bubble being the earth), in order to explain exactly how modern culture came to be, and exactly how inequality arose. Coming from an era in which religion reigned supreme, Rousseau attempted, as many theorists did at the time, to put aside religion without venturing to disprove the current paradigms. Rousseau aimed to build on and correct the previous notions of the ‘state of nature’. He states that, “the first man having received enlightenment and
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course POSC 300 taught by Professor Welsh during the Spring '08 term at Keene State.

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