In our segment on the French Revolution, we are going to see how a Revolution turns ugly. The French Revolution will give supporters of Hobbes evidence that people are selfish and evil. We will also introduce the counterpoint to Hobbes – a French philosopher named Rousseau – who believed mankind was born good and that people were basically good. For such good people, government should be small and non-intrusive and for Rousseau, a direct democracy would be the best way to govern these happy, kind people.

 

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The Enlightenment: Resources Day 3


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