The First and Second Discourses: By Jean-Jacques Rousseau Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

In an essay, compare the philosophical teachings of Rousseau, Hobbes, and Locke to discuss the similarities and differences. Use secondary sources to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

In the Preface, Rousseau quotes Aristotle and says "What is natural has to be investigated not in begins that are depraved, but in those that are good according to nature." In an essay, discuss the idea of nature and how it may justify inequality. Use the text to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 3

The theme of corruption is prominent and is closely related to nature. In an essay, define corruption, discuss its effects on mankind, and relate them to the types of corruption which Rousseau discusses. Use the text to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 4

In an essay, discuss how needs are the driving force behind modern society and the results of such needs. Use the text to support...

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