Discourse On The Origins Of Inequality (Second Discourse); Polemics; And, Political Economy / Edition 1

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Includes the Second Discourse (complete with the author’s extensive notes), contemporary critiques by Voltaire, Diderot, Bonnet, and LeRoy, Rousseau’s replies (some never before translated), and Political Economy, which first outlined principles that were to become famous in the Social Contract. This is the first time that the works of 1755 and 1756 have been combined with careful commentary to show the coherence of Rousseau’s “political system.” The Second Discourse examines man in the true “state of nature,” prior to the formation of the first human societies, tracing the “hypothetical history” of political society and social inequality as they developed out of natural equality and independence.

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"Extravagant, maybe even dangerous, Discourse on the Origins and Foundations of Inequality nevertheless remains among the most profound, and certainly the most thrilling, of political treatises. Roger Masters's translation is superb."
Myron Magnet, American Spectator
Myron Magnet
“Extravagant, maybe even dangerous, Discourse on the Origins and Foundations of Inequality nevertheless remains among the most profound, and certainly the most thrilling, of political treatises. Roger Masters’s translation is superb.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874516036
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Series: Collected Writings of Rousseau Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRISTOPHER KELLY is professor of political science at Boston College, translator of several other volumes in this series, and author of Rousseau’s Exemplary Life and Rousseau as Author.

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Table of Contents

Chronology of Works in Volume 3
Note on the Text
Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality among Men (Second Discourse) 1
Three Fragments from Early Versions of the Discourse on Inequality 96
Letter from Voltaire to Rousseau (August 30, 1755) 102
Letter from Rousseau to Voltaire (September 10, 1755) 105
Letter from Rousseau to Voltaire (August 18, 1756) 108
Letter from Voltaire to Rousseau (September 12, 1756) 122
Letter from Mr. Philopolis 123
Letter from Rousseau to Mr. Philopolis 127
Observations of Charles-Georges LeRoy, with Rousseau's Replies 133
National Right, by Denis Diderot (Encyclopedia, Vol. V) 135
Discourse on Political Economy (Encyclopedia, Vol. V) 140
Notes 171
Index 207
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