The this essay is to explain how there

The author Jean Jacques Rousseau was
the son of a French watch maker. Rousseau had an odd background. His education
was not regular and he tried many sources of employment. His only true talent
was in his writing. Rousseau won a prize given by the academy of Dijon for a discourse
to the question “whether the progress of the sciences and of letters has tended
to corrupt or to elevate morals.”  The
academy of Dijon was extremely pleased with Rousseau’s work and his writing started
to gain attention. Later on, Rousseau wrote an essay called A Discourse on Inequality.

Rousseau wrote this essay in response to another question proposed by the
academy of Dijon. The question asked, “what is the origin of the inequality
among mankind; and whether such inequality is authorized by the law of nature?”
The main purpose of this essay is to explain how there is such vast inequality
among men and whether this inequality is caused by nature or the rules of

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The first argument Rousseau
presents is the two inequalities between men one being natural and the other being
moral or mental inequality. Rousseau then goes back and gets his audience to
question what is the cause of to describe to his audience man and his natures. He
considered one of man’s natures to be body strength and give the example of Rousseau
goes into how we differ from animals. The text explains how animals get their character
based on the elements in which they are surrounded, and how humans don’t receive
any of that character because as humans our only tool is our body. Rousseau argues
that if you take a man and uncover him, underneath we will find a weak animal.

Rousseau’s A Discourse on Inequality
differs from the ideas of our current age