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A DISCOURCE UPON THE ORIGIN AND FOUNDATION OF THE INEQUALITY AMONG MANKIND BY JEAN-JACQUES ROSSEAU

Publication Date: 1761

The first English appearance from 1761. Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of 18th-century Romanticism. His political philosophy influenced the French Revolution as well as the overall development of modern political, sociological and educational thought. His Discourse on the Origin of Inequality and his On the Social Contract are cornerstones in modern political and social thought and make a strong case for democratic government and social empowerment.

Discourse on the Origin and Foundation of Inequality among Mankind, also commonly known as the “Second Discourse”, is a work by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The text was written in 1754 in response to a prize competition of the academy of Dijon answering the prompt: What is the origin of inequality among men, and is it authorized by natural law? Though he was not recognized by the prize committee for this piece, he nevertheless published the text in 1755. #1169

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