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Unformatted text preview: *because there are different ways to be happy, the government should be as least involved as possible-government should not interfere *enlightenment ideals-not accepting received opinion * rousseau-counter-enlightenment *rejection of enlightenment *embrace of romantic view of human nature-emotion over reason and critical thinking *basic principle of human action *self interest *we feel empathy for creatures who are like us in some way, because we know what suffering is *this does not require reflection *this is a natural feeling *by nature, humanity is inherently good *this inherent goodness is ruined by society *difference between selfishness and self-interest *selfishness means pursuing self-interest while ignoring the needs of others Rousseau’s Dualistic View of Human Nature *Good-*independence/self-sufficient *nature *simple *intuition, cleverness *Bad-*dependence *culture/society *complicated *reason, intellect...
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- Spring '11
- Psychology, Thought, Reason