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Rousseau's Critique of Inequality
Reconstructing the Second Discourse

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  • Date Published: June 2014
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  • Rousseau's Discourse on the Origin of Inequality among Mankind, published in 1755, is a vastly influential study of the foundations of human society, including the economic inequalities it tends to create. To date, however, there has been little philosophical analysis of the Discourse in the literature. In this book, Frederick Neuhouser offers a rich and incisive philosophical examination of the work. He clarifies Rousseau's arguments as to why social inequalities are so prevalent in human society and why they pose fundamental dangers to human well-being, including unhappiness, loss of freedom, immorality, conflict, and alienation. He also reconstructs Rousseau's four criteria for assessing when inequalities are or are not legitimate, and why. His reconstruction and evaluation of Rousseau's arguments are accessible to both scholars and students, and will be of interest to a broad range of readers including philosophers, political theorists, cultural historians, sociologists, and economists.

    • Provides a comprehensive philosophical reading of Rousseau's Second Discourse, making it useful to both students and scholars
    • Explains and defends Rousseau's critique of economic inequality, making it accessible to not only political philosophers, but political theorists, sociologists and economists as well
    • Clarifies and explains Rousseau's complex ideas of nature and human nature
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    "For two decades now Frederick Neuhouser has been one of the most brilliant philosophical readers of Rousseau that we have, and his new book offers a masterly reconstruction of the central argument of the Second Discourse. Solid in exposition, tightly argued throughout, and compelling in the details, Neuhouser shows clearly - as so much of the scholarship does not - just what Rousseau's answers in fact were to the two questions he set himself to answer: what is the origin of human inequality, and does it have its foundations in the natural law?"
    Christopher Brooke, University of Bristol

    "Neuhouser's penetrating study of Rousseau's Discourse is doubly welcome. First, it serves as a useful reconstruction of the central argument of the Discourse concerning the sources of inequality and its pervasiveness in modern society. Second, his study goes beyond a commentary by actively engaging Rousseau's own critical examination of inequality and showing its relevance for thinking about the economic, social, and political inequalities we continue to face today."
    John Scott, University of California

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    • Date Published: June 2014
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139991025
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Nature is not the source of social inequality
    2. Amour propre is the source of social inequality
    3. The normative resources of nature
    4. Judging the legitimacy of social inequalities
    5. The contemporary relevance of Rousseau's critique.

  • Author

    Frederick Neuhouser, Columbia University, New York
    Frederick Neuhouser is Professor of Philosophy at Barnard College, Columbia University. He is the author of Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love: Evil, Rationality, and the Drive for Recognition (2008), Actualizing Freedom: The Foundations of Hegel's Social Theory (2000), and Fichte's Theory of Subjectivity (Cambridge, 1990).

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