Jean-Jacques Rousseau Writing Styles in The Social Contract

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Perspective

The author is clearly an intellectual and philosopher, an idealist and a theorist, and even at times a realist. As previously discussed, the overall perspective of the book is hypothetical and, at times, abstract. It is, essentially, a statement of how the author thinks things should be. It's important to note that this perspective is not just his alone; there is evidence, consisting mostly of references to societies past and present, that the author has seriously and deeply considered experiences of the past when contemplating and forming his own ideas. It's also important to note that he writes about, and develops, his theories with at least some awareness of human nature. He knows, for example, that individuals will often want something different from what the group wants, and that individuals who don't get what they want as the result of that difference have the potential to become resentful...

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