Synopses & Reviews
The most influential of Rousseau's writings, the "Second Discourse" set forth a theory of human evolution that prefigured the discoveries of Darwin, revolutionized the study of anthropology and linguistics, and made a seminal contribution to political and social thought--leading to both the French Revolution and the birth of social science.
In this text, Rousseau demonstrates how the growth of civilization corrupts man's natural happiness and freedom due to the artificial inequalities of wealth and social privilege.
New edition, with an introduction by a leading Rousseau scholar.
Table of Contents
A Discourse on Inequality Foreword
Discourse on the Origins and Foundations of Inequality among Men
Abbreviations used in Editor's Introduction and Notes