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Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a Swiss Enlightenment philosopher who argued passionately for democracy, equality, liberty and supporting the common good.

Rousseau was born in Ge...

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Rousseau explained: What his philosophy means for us

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau speculated about what the world was like before societies were created. It was important for political philosophers as it could be used to explain the motivation for creating ...

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau argued that human nature only becomes corrupted after we move into society.

  • He thought problems like theft could only be problems after society...

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If the state of nature is so pleasant and people in it so moral, why would anybody create a society or join up with one?

Jean-Jacques Rousseau suggested this natural evolut...

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The general will is the key to Rousseau's social contract theory. He stated that any legitimate state must be based on the general will. All laws and actions the state undertak...

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The shift between being able to follow the individual will and the general will is not so easy to establish.

Finding the general will is based on three approaches.

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The positive:

  • The general will could ensure an equal society.
  • Major inequalities would be absent.
  • It would be a small society, as Jean-Jacques Ro...

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  • In practice, the Quakers got the closest to a Jean-Jacques Rousseauan society even though it is a religious notion unrelated to Rousseau's philosophy. The Quakers seek God's will thr...

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As with most political philosophy, the real concern is how his big ideas are considered in our society.

Whenever we discuss topics like what it takes for a government to be...

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