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Jean-Jacques Rousseau had a theory of human nature that differed from all others The way we started grew as a society and live now are totally different than what we have already learned this semester He thought of what is called a Social Contract Theory This theory will be discussed in this paper especially in the aspects of personal freedom the role of the intellect human social andor spiritual relations and the nature of the self How much personal freedom does a person have Well Rousseau would say that humans do have personal freedom but that freedom is hard to keep He would say that Humans are born free and everywhere they are in chainsnotes 11499 To some this would be hard to grasp at first To put it simply we as humans are not living the ways that we are supposed to Somewhere along the line we got off on a tangent with our development that changed how we are supposed to live Everything around us is a burden Rousseau then discusses what the original way of living is He would say that there is an inequality in how we live because we are born free and that is taken away from us The chains that led from the inequality are subjugation dominance and oppression These chains are artificial because we are born free Humans acquired the chains Rousseau would argue He will go on to say that because humans began to rationalize these chains were caused Thinking rationally creates generalities and along with the generalities comes labeling people We began to use reason to get things that we would call our own possessions Having possessions and property are caused by rational thinking and those generalities create inequalities because there are the rich who have all the possessions and the poor who have none but want the rich peoples things If nobody was using reason there would be no disputes about
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