‘I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.’
First time lucky? Jean-Jacques Rousseau won his fame and recognition through his first major philosophical work, A Discourse on the Sciences and Arts, in which he argued that the progression of the sciences and arts caused the corruption of virtue and morality. This discourse laid much of the philosophical groundwork for his second work, The Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, where he argued human beings were good by nature, but were corrupted by historical events. One of the most influential thinkers during the Enlightenment in eighteenth century Europe, Rousseau’s political philosophy influenced the Enlightenment in France and across Europe, as well as aspects of the French Revolution, Immanuel Kant’s work on ethics, and even Marx! His discourses have been cornerstones in modern political and social thought, just as this tea towel will be a cornerstone in your kitchen décor!