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Reading Guide:
Jean Jacques Rousseau: On Human Inequality


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Jean Jacques Rousseau: Origin of Inequality

  1. Who was Rousseau? List at least two other books by him and indicate their subject matter.
  2. What is Rousseau's explanation for the origin of inequality?
  3. What does Rousseau mean by "civil society"?
  4. How do Rousseau's attitudes and beliefs about society compare with Locke's?
  5. In The Social Contract, who makes the contract?
  6. What is the "general will"?
  7. Who is "Sovereign"?

Know the Meanings of these phrases/words

  • contract
  • multitude
  • savage