On Jean-Jaques Rousseau's A Discourse on Inequality (1754) plus book 1 of The Social Contract (1762).
What's the relation between culture and nature? Are people without society really slavering beasts with unquenchable appetites, or basically peaceful? Rousseau speculates about the development of humanity from the savage to the modern, miserable wretch. He thinks association with other people corrupts us. Is there some form of government that makes things more tolerable?
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Running Time: 1 hr., 29 min. Recorded: July 11, 2010. Participants: Mark, Wes, Seth.
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