Marx Versus Mill and Rousseau Analytical Essay by Top Papers

An examination of the views of Karl Marx, John Stuart Mill, and Jean Jacques Rousseau on human freedom.
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This essay looks at human freedom in terms of three philosophers: Karl Marx, John Stuart Mill, and Jean Jacques Rousseau. The paper discusses how Rousseau calls for a return to primitive society to achieve human freedom, Mill believes that human freedom can be achieved through personal and political freedoms, as individuals pursue happiness while not hurting others, while Marx offers a counterargument to both Mill and Rousseau by explaining that society creates the idea of human freedom through historical and social context.

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"Philosophers have long pursued a deeper understanding of the nature of human freedom (Chakraborty 40). Jean Jacques Rousseau purports that human freedom is achieved through rejection of the modern and the material in an effort to reach a more primitive and natural human state (Delue 160-177). John Stuart Mill accepts modern society but dictates that it must be structured to facilitate happiness in the greatest number of society's individuals; thus, he argues that human freedom is achieved through personal-political freedoms (Delue 211-226). Both of these philosophies are unfortunately too unrealistic, allowing for little or no clear path..."

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