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I think that the social theorist Jean Rousseau would have been the strongest supporter of equal rights In the The Social Contract wrote that man was naturally good but becomes corrupted by the pernicious influence of human society and institutions He preached a mankind improved by returning to nature and living a natural life at peace with his neighbors and himself He claims to be in favor of democracy but what he really favors is social equality In a civil society there is an agreement among such men in the state of nature which sets the conditions for doing so an agreement which every man must enter into before becoming a member of society thereafter Rousseaus agreement is not like the social contracts of previous social contract thinkers who thought that it was one between the individual and an abstract society There would be a general understanding among the participants upon entering into this contract the General Will an entity to which all individuals were to surrender their natural liberty to in order for all wills to fuse into one will The future rulings of this General Will would be final for it was to be the sovereign power of the society an entity which would be absolute sacred and inviolable Rousseau never points out as to how such a task was to be carried out because he considered any form of government as secondary to its importance So on the issue of womens rights I do believe that Jean Rousseau would have supported equality for women Giving them the same rights that a man has in every place in society That a women should have equal rights in getting a job to equal rights when taking part in national agendas such as voting As for civil rights Jean Rousseau stressed Since no man has a natural authority over his fellow and force creates no right we must conclude that conventions form
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