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The natural goodness of man on the system of Rousseau"s thought by Arthur M. Melzer

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Published by University of Chicago Press in Chicago .
Written in English


  • Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778,
  • Philosophical anthropology -- History -- 18th century

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [293]-301) and index.

Statementby Arthur M. Melzer.
LC ClassificationsB2138.M3 M44 1990
The Physical Object
Paginationxix, 308 p. ;
Number of Pages308
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL2199761M
ISBN 100226519783, 0226519791
LC Control Number89020587

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"Natural Goodness is an exciting and provoking book, According to Glaucon, the life of the strong unjust man is the best life of all. Socrates' answer to Glaucon is direct and simple: happiness resides in the "harmony of the soul," not in the possession of wealth and power. In other words, it is part of our constitution as members of the Reviews: A short, lucid, and well-written philosophical ride towards understanding ethical behavior as "natural" for humankind. That is, this tiny treatise gives footing to the idea that to behave unjustly towards another person is to behave defectively or unnaturally for a human being.4/5(18). This interest reveals the monster’s desire to learn to function as part of a family and his tendency to naturally gravitate towards goodness. “I afterwards found that these labours, performed by an invisible hand, greatly astonished them; and once or twice I heard them, on these occasions, utter the words “good spirit” “wonderful”. According to Rousseau, the natural goodness of a man can be nurtured and maintained only according to this highly prescriptive model of education, and Rousseau states that his aim in Èmile is to outline that model—a model that differed sharply from all accepted forms of the time.