The First and Second Discourses: By Jean-Jacques Rousseau Topics for Discussion

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Who is the noble savage? What is good about his life?

How do modern men differ from the noble savage?

What aspects of the state of nature generate civilization for Rousseau?

Rousseau argues that the arts and sciences destroy human morality. List three ways in which they do so.

Discuss Rousseau's account of the origin of inequality in detail.

How did the state come into being, in Rousseau's view? How did its power grow out of control?

What is amore-propre? How does Rousseau employ the idea of amore-propre in the second Discourse?

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