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Contemporary Civilization

“Once someone says what do I care? about the affairs of state, the state should be considered lost.” (Rousseau, Social Contract, Chapter XV, Book III).

Discourse on Inequality & Social Contract


Jean-Jacques Rousseau

1712 CE – 1778 CE

Rousseau’s life was colorful, complicated and included moments of great personal tragedy and intellectual achievement.  Rousseau’s mother, Suzanne Bernard, died shortly after Jean-Jacques’s birth in Geneva on June 28, 1712.  The word to describe Rousseau’s life is peripatetic.  


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