Discourse on the Origin of Inequality Among Men

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Discourse on the Origin of Inequality Among Men
by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, translated by G. D. H. Cole
written for the Académie de Dijon's competition in 1754, is an attempt to answer the question "What is the origin of inequality among men, and is it authorized by natural law?" Rousseau had won a previous competition with his 1st Discourse and was not to be so lucky with the 2nd, but this work on inequality remains a fascinating study into differences among men.— Excerpted from Discourse on Inequality on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
A DISCOURSE ON A SUBJECT PROPOSED BY THE ACADEMY OF DIJON:

WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF INEQUALITY AMONG MEN, AND IS IT AUTHORISED BY NATURAL LAW?


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This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.
 
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The author died in 1959, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 50 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.