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Things to consider in Rousseau

In no particular order, and with no particular theme:

  • Humanity defined as pure potentiality, ateleological perfectibilité.
  • The absolute interdependence of morality and immorality, freedom and slavery, etc.
  • Psychology replaces history—genealogy of morals performed psychologically.
  • Accumulation is self-inflicted suffering, self-inflicted bondage.
  • “Locke’s was the individualism of the strong, Rousseau’s the individualism of the weak” (Judith Shklar, Men and Citizens, p. 41).
  • Real equality never exists, since as soon as people stand in relation to each other, there is already inequality.

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