Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau – 15 November 2008

“Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s greatest work, Social Contract, begins with this statement. He goes on to describe how in ancient times the people had given to their tribal leader the right to rule over them. The monarch’s right to rule, Rousseau claimed, was given him by the people and not by God, and the people could take back that right if the monarch ruled badly. The book also described an ideal state of society in which there was neither king nor parliament, and in which the citizens made their own laws.

Another thought-provoking statement by Rousseau is: “A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the great French writer and philosopher of the Enlightenment, was born in Geneva, Switzerland 28 June 1712. He lived in or near Paris from 1770 until his death 2 July 1778.

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