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Vic George

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427069

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427069.001.0001

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A welfare society

A welfare society

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–78)

(p.128) (p.129) Seven A welfare society
Major thinkers in welfare

Vic George

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, whose work on poverty and inequality and theses on balance are well-known. The discussion begins with his views on human nature before it looks at his historical premise that the march of civilisation has reduced both liberty and equality. A section on the intricate connection between private property and poverty is included, as well as a discussion on Rousseau's view on the role of women in society. His ideas on education and the concept of an ideal society are examined carefully.

Keywords:   Jean-Jacques Rousseau, liberty, equality, private property, poverty, role of women, ideal society

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