On this episode of the podcast, we continue last week's thought experiment about creating a society from scratch on a deserted island. First, we find out how building a society is similar to making cupcakes, in the sense that every ingredient contributes something important and interacts with the other ingredients in a unique way. Next, we discuss “human nature” and consider how our perception of it may be unfairly influenced by a small handful of people. Finally, we compare the three categories into which Rousseau believs all governments can be classified (democracy, monarchy, and aristocracy), and analyze the pros and cons of each structure. 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