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Unformatted text preview: POLT 522 Paper 1 Rousseau describes what he considers the happiest and best stage of the history of the human race. Explain why he holds this view, in light of the arguments in the Discourse on Inequality. In what way is this view a dissenting one? The primitive age- “limited at first to pure sensations and scarcely profiting from the gifts nature offered him, far from dreaming of wresting anything from it” pg 142- But in this condition, man had to develop and learn to overcome obstacles- Language, communication with others- “first developments of the heart” pg 146- “men enjoyed vert great leisure, they used it to produce commodities unknown to their fathers” pg 147- Here, men form associations and bonds “unified by customs and character, not by regulations and laws” pg 148- “true children of love and leisure” pg 149- “people grow accustomed to consider different objects and to make comparisons; imperceptibly they acquire ideas of merit and beauty which produce sentiments of preference” pg 148 and “from these first preferences...
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This note was uploaded on 03/06/2012 for the course POLT 522 taught by Professor Haight during the Spring '11 term at New Hampshire.
- Spring '11