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  • State Of Nature As Terrible As Hobbes
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    The State of Nature and its Implications for Civilization in Hobbes and Rousseau In his Leviathan Thomas Hobbes expresses a philosophy of civilization which is both practical and just and stems from a clear moral imperative. He begins with the assertion that in the state of nature man is condemned to live a life "solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short". It is in the interest of every man to rise above this "state of nature" and to give up certain rights so that the violent nature of the huma...
  • Reflected Rousseau's View
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    Eighteenth-century philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau influenced many French revolutionaries with his ideas. In the time of the Enlightenment, people believed that humankind could progress and improve through the use of reason and science. One of them was French artist Jacques-Louis David, who was official artist to the French revolution (p 158, Blk 3). Just as Rousseau had used his publications to reflect on his ideas, David had used art as a media to reflect the ideas and values of the society ...
  • Rousseau's View Of The Social Contract
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    When Jean Jacques Rousseau wrote the Social Contract, the concepts of liberty and freedom were not new ideas. Many political theorists such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke had already developed their own interpretations of liberty, and in fact Locke had already published his views on the social contract. What Rousseau did was to revolutionize the concepts encompassed by such weighty words, and introduce us to another approach to the social contract dilemma. What would bring man to leave the stat...
  • Rousseau's Educational Theories
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    Listening To The Past: A New Way to Educate Children Rousseau lobbies against an educational system that tries to teach children concepts and facts before such time, as they would make use of them. He believes that a child should not neglect those studies, which meet his present needs, in order to learn that which he may acquire in later years. He claims that experience and emotion are our real teachers, thereby reinforcing the theory that a child should not be educated in matters which are not ...
  • Rousseau's Social Contract
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    Rousseau was born in Geneva, the son of a watchmaker. His mother died shortly after his birth, and his aunt and uncle raised him. At 16 he set out on into the world which brought him into contact with Louise de Wares, who became his patron and later his lover. She arranged for his trip to Turin, where he became a Roman Catholic convert. After serving as a footman in a powerful family, he left Turin and spent most of the next dozen years at Cham b ry, In 1742 he went to Paris to make his fortune ...
  • Opposite View Of Rousseau
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    World Civilization II January 14, 2000 The Lesser Half When Jean Jacques Rousseau wrote about the inequalities of women it was acceptable for that time period. During the 1700's a women's role was primarily to bear and raise their children, which is emphasized by Rousseau in Emile. In all other aspects they were viewed to be inferior to men. Mary Wollstonecraft's rebuttal to Emile appeared thirty years later, in which she refutes the traditional roles of women. Society has since changed; men and...
  • Rousseau's Theory Of The Social Contract
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    1. Discovering What Matters Rousseau's idea for the social contract is constructed from the bottom up, each section serving as a building block helping to create a firm foundation for his theory. I like this analogy and will use it, even though I disagree with his very foundation and yet have to appreciate the theory of the social contract in its entirety. Rousseau believes that in a state of nature, men are born good, and it is society that corrupts that goodness. I completely disagree; it is p...
  • Rousseau In Their Accounts Of Human Nature
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    Aristotle and Rousseau formulate their accounts of human nature in Book I and the Origins of Inequality respectively. Each account analyzes the development of human nature through quite different teleological methods. These philosophers approach various topics quite differently due to their opposing viewpoints on what state humans are most happy with. Despite their different approaches both Aristotle and Rousseau arrive at equally convincing conclusions. The two distinguish humans from animals a...

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