Rousseau and Human Nature


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Rousseau and Human Nature
Many philosophers have attempted to deal with the question of human nature. Jean-Jacques Rousseau is one of the most famous philosophers to deal with this question. Rousseau saw human beings as being little different from other animals. However, he believed that this was not a nasty and brutish life. In fact he believed that it was a liberating and enjoyable life. This is a completely different argument then the one that Thomas Hobbes makes in Leviathan when he suggests the human life without society is “nasty, Brutish and short”(Hobbes 76).
This essay will look at Rousseau’s basic view of human nature. It will be argued that human nature was wonderful and innocent. Human beings in the natural state were little...
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.....ive development. It was a trick that some person played on other people in order to get more. Society was not something that helped people. It was a corruption that resulted in more and
more inequality and corruption.
In conclusion, Rousseau sees human in the natural state as nearly perfect. Although they are little more then animals they are happy and self-sufficient. These are free people that were ultimately corrupted by the forces of socialization. As they were socialized they became lesser beings. They were able to do less and inequalities grow within society allowing the few to take advantage of the many.
Works Cited
Locke, John, Leviathan, Hackett Publishing,1994
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, A Discourse of Inequality, Penguin
Books, 1984.