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Jean-Jacques Rousseau 1712-1778 has had a great impact on history as well as philosophy throughout the years He is the most widely cited philosopher of the eighteenth century In The First and Second Discourses he argues that culture taught people ideas which enslaved them in society Thus he firmly holds that everyone is better off in his or her original state of nature The original state of nature is calm and peaceful Rather it is a simplistic form of life Rousseau idealizes a classless society and finds civilized men to be corrupt He finds man living in the original state of nature at the greatest advantage than man living in society Society produces inequality and restraints whereas the original state of nature does not In The First and Second Discourses Rousseau describes what life is like in the original state of nature and argues that it is preferable over civilized society due to several prevailing factors Rousseau believes that man in the original state of nature has no fears Men are physically fit to protect themselves against beasts because they acquire the skills and easily adapt Men are strong and are accustomed from infancy to inclemencies of the weather and the rigor of seasons trained in fatigue and forced to defend their lives 106 Nature renders man strong and robust thereby setting a distinction from man in society who is dependent upon others for survival The savage man learns quickly and surpasses animals in respect to skill very quickly Hence man is easily capable of outsmarting and trapping ferocious beasts when necessary Yet it is very rare that conflict arises between man and animal in the original state of nature In the original state of nature all things move uniformly whereas in society there is constant change and inconsistency Savage man gives no importance to time like civilized man does Civilized man relies on time to progress in life and as a
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