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“From the moment one man began to stand in need of another’s assistance; from the moment it appeared an advantage for one man to possess the quantity of provisions requisite for two, all equality vanished; property started up; labor became necessary; and boundless forests became smiling fields, which it was found necessary to water with human sweat, and in which slavery and misery were soon seen to sprout out and grow with the fruits of the earth.”—from the book

What did the invention of “civil society” do to the state of man? Where does social inequality originate? Did agricultural and technological advancements doom multitudes to eternal enslavement to a minority of the very wealthy? This essay, written in 1754 in response to concepts of the “natural man” developed by Thomas Hobbes, explores these ideas and more, considered radical both when first conceived and still today. But Rousseau’s ideas continue to be echoed in such modern philosophical movements as feminism and environmentalism. Without a doubt, his examination of the history of human civilization, in its broadest sense, remains vital today.

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