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The Freedom of Men in Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Work

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Out of the many philosophers of his time, Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s ideas were the most enlightened. His ideas were extremely controversial and he has influenced political and social change for over two hundred years. His ideas were enlightened by thinking ahead of the people of his time by talking about general will, liberty and the corruption of society, and how freedom was essential to being human. We find the Rousseau argued about the freedoms of men quite a bit in his work The Social Contract. He argued that the power of the government should be reconsidered and rethought because any government which does not care about the fundamental rights and equality of any citizen has broken the social contract that is the very heart of political authority. He writes the quote “Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains” (Modern Age, pg.35) to describe his feelings towards that government but it would be wrong to assume Rousseau to be a thorough-going individualist. He believed that if the social contract was followed by every member of society, then everyone would be bound to obed...
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