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    DescriptionIn "A Discourse on Inequality", Rousseau sets out to demonstrate how the growth of civilization corrupts man's natural happiness and freedom by creating artificial inequalities of wealth, power and social privilege. Contending that primitive man was equal to his fellows, Rousseau believed that as societies become more sophisticated, the strongest and most intelligent members of the community gain an unnatural advantage over their weaker brethren, and that constitutions set up to rectify these imbalances through peace and justice in fact do nothing but perpetuate them. Rousseau's political and social arguments in the "Discourse" were a hugely influential denunciation of the social conditions of his time and one of the most revolutionary documents of the eighteenth-century.


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    Title
    A Discourse on Inequality
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Introduction by Maurice Cranston, Translated by Maurice Cranston
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 11 mm
    Weight: 145 g
    Language
    English
    French
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140444391
    ISBN 10: 0140444394
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    BIC E4L: POL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BISAC V2.8: PHI005000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JPA
    BISAC V2.8: PHI019000
    BIC subject category V2: HPS
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    DC22: 320.01
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    B&T General Subject: 610
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: PHI009000
    DC21: 320.011
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 320/.01
    LC classification: CS477.D67G, JC179 .R814 1984
    Thema V1.0: QDTS, JPA
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    05 February 1985
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU was born in Geneva in 1712. Abandoned by his father at the age of ten he tried his hand as an engraver's apprentice before he left the city in 1728. From then on he was to wander Europe seeking an elusive happiness. At Turin he became a Catholic convert; and as a footman, seminarist, music teacher or tutor visited many parts of Switzerland and France. In 1732 he settled for eight years at Chambery or Les Charmettes, the country house of Madame de Warens, remembered by Rousseau as an idyllic place in the Confessions. In 1741 he set out for Paris where he met Diderot who commissioned him to write the musical articles for the Encyclopedie. In the meantime he fathered five children by Therese Levasseur, a servant girl, and abandoned them to a foundling home. The 1750s witnessed a breach with Voltaire and Diderot and his writing struck a new note of defiant independence. In his Discours sur les sciences et les arts and the Discours sur l'origine de l'inegalite he showed how the growth of civilization corrupted natural goodness and increased inequality between men. In 1758 he attacked his former friends, the Encyclopaedists, in the Lettre a d'Alembert sur les spectacles which pilloried cultured society. In 1757 he moved to Montmorency and these five years were the most fruitful of his life. His remarkable novel La nouvelle Heloise (1761), met with immediate and enormous success. In this and in Emile, which followed a year later, Rousseau invoked the inviolability of personal ideals against the power of the state and the pressures of society. The crowning achievement of his political philosophy was The Social Contract, published in 1762. That same year he wrote an attack on revealed religion, the Profession de foi du vicaire savoyard. He was driven from Switzerland and fled to England where he only succeeded in making an enemy of Hume and returned to his continental peregrinations. In 1770 Rousseau completed his Confessions. His last years were spent largely in France where he died in 1778.