1. On reading the Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, the writer Voltaire penned the following note to Rousseau: ” Dear Monsieur, I have just received your book against the human race. Never has so much wit been used to reduce us to animals.” He added: “Reading your book makes me want to walk on all fours.” Is this a fair characterization of Rousseau’s work? Why or why not?
2. Edmund Burke and Mary Wollstonecraft disagreed on the proper role of reason in politics. What was the nature of the dispute? Whose treatment of reason do you find more convincing, and why?