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Rousseau's Critique on Natural Man vs. Modern Man

Summary: In his Second Discourse, Rousseau examined the differences between natural man and modern man. He concluded that the natural man's situation is better because, unlike modern man, natural man is not bound by social norms, morals, obligations, and duties. Having no moral relationship or obligation to other men and no subjugated inequality, natural man is better for himself and society.
Rousseau, in the Second Discourses, examines the differences between natural and modern man. As used in his writing, natural man refers to mankind unfettered by social norms, morals, obligations, and duties. Modern man, however, is bound by these factors. Conformity with these factors allows modern man to experience virtue, whereas non-conformity results in vices. In the passage in question, Rousseau explores how natural man is better for himself and society because natural man has no moral relationship or obligations to other men and no subjugated inequality. He then offers a solution to how modern man can return to the natural state.

Rousseau thinks the behavior of savage man is unaffected by others. These individuals have no "moral relationship or known duties" (128) to others or to the world. Their actions are "neither good nor evil" (128) because they are not bounded by social rules, which dictate how people should act...

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