Marx and Rousseau On Rights Comparison Essay by The Research Group

Marx and Rousseau On Rights
Compares the views on the right of property to show the moral and humanistic superiority of Marx's position.
# 22081 | 900 words | 2 sources | 1995 | US
Published on Mar 02, 2003 in Sociology (Theory) , Philosophy (General)


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"Karl Marx is correct when he argues that rights in civil society---specifically the right of property---add nothing essential to the accomplishment of radical human equality. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, whatever his ideals, believed that the rights of the people should be severely limited in order to assure an orderly society---except for the right of property. Marx's argument is that rights---of property particularly---produce isolated, self-interested individuals who are nevertheless dependent upon one another, and profoundly unequal. In making such arguments, Marx seeks to arrive at a social ideal which would give true rights to people based on social consciousness rather than selfishness and inequality. On the other hand, while he is associated with the French Revolution and its efforts to restore rights, Rousseau was far more concerned with limiting ..."

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