The Social Contract

ROUSSEAU SOCIAL CONTRACT QUESTION; 1. What is the natural condition of all mature human beings? What is the role of the family?


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The natural condition of all mature human beings is one of freedom.

According to Rousseau, the oldest and only natural society is the family. However, children are only bound to their father as long they depend on him to take care of them. Once a child has reached maturity, the members of the family return to their previous state of independence. The family is the prototype for all political societies: the father is the leader, and his children are the populace. Each person gives up his liberty to receive the protection of the family and thus promote his own utility.

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