Here We Go, Rousseau!

by dianaquan

1. So, we have already established the symbolism of the over cover on A Discourse on Inequality in Crawford’s lecture, but that got me thinking, who are the people that are depicted on the more modern cover? What do the objects/other elements represent?

2. Rousseau seems to be able to formulate an entire argument surrounding the utopian lifestyle of nascent man. How does Rousseau come up with this conjecture that humankind has evolved from an animal-like being when many others at the time believed in the creationist theory?

b. What evidence does he use to provide some validity to his conjecture? Or, does his disclaimer denounce the need for evidence?

3. If Rousseau identifies savage people to be unaware of their own existence, how are they capable of understanding that they are happy? 

4. The role of women began as merely satisfying her young’s needs and eventually letting them go about their own lives. Although this sounds like the modern role of a mother, Rousseau further expands by adding that the child and the mother will part ways, never to see or recognize each other again. What has caused the change in relationship between mother and child?


Annndddddd…. I’ve been staring at this post for too long for any other mind-probing questions. I tried.



p.s Charlotte, I hope you aren’t too infuriated at my tardiness on this post. I’ve been working on it for 3 days.