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Rousseau and Hobbes' views on Primitive Man

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1. Compare and contrast Rousseau and Hobbes' views on primitive man. Which one do you agree with and why? Use any number of external sources. About 3 pages long. Include bibliography.

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Interesting views! One approach to help you with this type of essay assignment is to help you set up the comparisons which you can then draw on for your final copy. This is the approach this response takes. It should be fairly easy to move the next step to write your final copy. You will need to reference the attached article.

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1. Compare and contrast Rousseau and Hobbes' views on primitive man. Which one do you agree with and why?

Have you read the article that you attached yet? It seems to provide some good contrasts between the two philosophers.

Like Hobbes, Rousseau constructed a narrative myth about the nature of human beings. According to Rousseau, human beings by nature were independent, content, self-sufficient, equal, and free. In the Second Discourse (On Inequality), for example, Rousseau explained how primitive man and society came to be. The story itself is relatively simple: Initially, human beings were independent, content, self-sufficient, equal, and free. Then over time certain things happened which encouraged or forced them to associate with each other, to develop technology, to institute families and small societies, with laws, competition, and property. And then human beings became envious, oppressed, unequal, and unhappy. Over time, things got progressively worse. Obviously, according to Rousseau, the source of our unhappiness and injustice is to be found in the historical process (http://www.mala.bc.ca/~johnstoi/introser/rousseau2.htm), which changed our material conditions and our feelings about our lives. Rousseau had an uncivilized view of society with human being in a state of love (divine) and primitive communism, only waging war against each other through ...

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Referring to the attached material, this solution compares and contrasts Rousseau and Hobbes' views on primitive man.

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