On this episode of the podcast, we examine the origins of government and discuss several opinions on how to construct the best system. First, we imagine that we’re stranded on an island and are forced to devise a system to organize ourselves into a functional “society.” Next, we discuss Hobbes' and Rousseau’s viewpoints on the state of nature and how it relates to the formation of governments. Finally, we talk about the adverse affects civilization and government have on our happiness and why we should constantly reevaluate the systems that are in place. All this and more on the latest episode of Philosophize This!
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Additional Stuff For Anyone Interested:
Bio of Rousseau http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/510932/Jean-Jacques-Rousseau
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: http://www.iep.utm.edu/rousseau/
NY Times Article on Rousseau from 05: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/06/books/review/06schiff.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0