Search Menu

Discourse on Inequality

Jean-Jacques Rousseau


Full-Book Quiz

Full-Book Quiz

Full-Book Quiz

Full-Book Quiz

1. What are the two principles from which natural right flows?

2. What does moral or political inequality depend upon?

3. Whose view of the state of nature does Rousseau chiefly challenge?

4. To whom is the Discourse on Inequality dedicated?

5. What does Rousseau think about the exact connection between physical and moral inequality?

6. What engenders amour propre?

7. Who was the true founder of civil society?

8. How did the idea of pride arise in man?

9. Where do savage men live, according to Rousseau?

10. Which two arts were most important in the appearance of inequality and property?

11. When was the Discourse on Inequality published?

12. Who ran the competition for which the Discourse was an entry?

13. Who is the author of the quotation on the front page of the Discourse?

14. If a government is monarchical, what does this tell us about the conditions of its institution?

15. What is the last stage of inequality?

16. What is the only law left under despotism?

17. What does modern society offer to the eye of the wise man?

18. What, amongst other things, does Rousseau call his project?

19. What are the two conditions under which all men are equal?

20. What does the savage man who "sells his bed in the morning, and comes weeping to buy it back in the evening" lack, according to Rousseau (apart from a bed)?

21. How does Rousseau believe that languages are taught?

22. Whose ideas on language does Rousseau mostly accept?

23. What is the value of trying to reconstruct man's condition in the state of nature from his condition in society?

24. What is man's first language?

25. Given the institution of inequality, which form of government does Rousseau suggest has been the best thus far in human development?

More Help

Previous Next
Changes in opinion of others over time

by dwgreco, March 29, 2016

A central idea of Rousseau was that “modern people exist within an ever-increasing system of needs in which the opinion of others is vitally important, is hugely influential.”


1. Over the course of human history has the opinion of others become increasingly more important to the average individual, so that, for example, today the opinion of others is more important than it was to the average person 100 years ago, 200 years ago, 1000 years ago etc.?

2. As the average person alive today gets older, do the op... Read more


11 out of 14 people found this helpful

essay help

by LeonMcMillen, August 08, 2017

If you’re looking for a great essay service then you should check out

. A friend of mine asked them to write a whole dissertation for him and he said it turned out great! Afterwards I also ordered an essay from them and I was very happy with the work I got too.

Genius Rousseau!

by SteveMaloy, October 11, 2017

Jean-Jacques Rousseau is probably the greatest philosopher of all time. Students from all over the world still read and learn his works. And this can show how genius he was. As a freelance writer of review service i can say that i always use his works for some examples and inspiration. Thank you for sharing his works! Well done!
Steve from