According to rousseau, amour de soi is more primitive and is compatible with wholeness and happiness, while amour-propre is an unnatural form of self-love that arose only with the appearance of society and individuals' consequent ability to compare themselves with one another. Rousseau highlights the primary distinctions of amour de soi and amour propre in the second part in the discourse he believes that amour-propre is a modification of our amour de soi the two are very different by virtue of their nature if amour de soi could be described as the wellbeing of self, amour-propre could be described as the wellbeing of social status.
What is amour-propre what role does it play, according to rousseau, in the discourse on inequality tutor: robert cowan in may 1755, jean jacques rousseau’s discourse on the origin of inequality was published the discourse challenged contemporary philosophers in regards to the nature of man, and the fundamental principles of inequality. Amour de soi, amour propre and pitié are not the full complement of passions in rousseau’s thinking once people have achieved consciousness of themselves as social beings, morality also becomes possible and this relies on the further faculty of conscience. In the fourth chapter, i argue that rousseau’s concept of amour-propre plays a significant role in rawls’s stability argument this argument has three parts the first part involves showing that rawls’s moral psychology is an illustration of rousseau’s thesis that moral sentiments are derived from natural sentiments.
Rousseau’s concept of amour-propre in rawls i have examined the final electronic copy of this dissertation for form and content and recommend that it be accepted in partial fulfillment of. Rousseau traces the development of amour propre back to the first village festivals, in which competition to dance and sing well increases the villagers' awareness of each other's talents and abilities amour propre is best expressed in a society in which wealth dominates there, all are compared on an insubstantial and harmful basis. By contrast, amour-propre is an unnatural self-love that is essentially relational that is, it comes about in the ways in which human beings view themselves in comparison to other human beings without amour-propre, human beings would scarcely be able to move beyond the pure state of nature rousseau describes in the discourse on inequality. In rousseau's philosophy, society's negative influence on men centers on its transformation of amour de soi, a positive self-love, into amour-propre, or pride amour de soi represents the instinctive human desire for self-preservation , combined with the human power of reason.
For pascal, christianity was the only true remedy to this wretched state of man known as amour-propre, which for him is a direct consequence of the fall, and in his writings the term generally refers to man's desire to satisfy his own needs and desires. Daniel davis philosophy d 12/01/11 what is amour-propre what role does it play, according to rousseau, in the discourse on inequality tutor: robert cowan in may 1755, jean jacques rousseau’s discourse on the origin of inequality was published.
Rousseau states that with the development of amour propre and more complex human societies, private property is invented, and the labor necessary for human survival is divided among different individuals to provide for the whole this division of labor and the beginning of private property allow the property owners and nonlaborers to dominate and exploit the poor. Jean-jacques rousseau was one of the most influential thinkers during the enlightenment in eighteenth century europe his first major philosophical work, a discourse on the sciences and arts , was the winning response to an essay contest conducted by the academy of dijon in 1750. In the second chapter, i introduce rousseau’s concept of amour-propre and try to defend rawls’s wide view of amourpropre, according to which, amour-propre has both a positive and a negative form in the third chapter, i argue that rousseau’s concept of amour-propre plays a significant role in rawls’s conception of justice as fairness.
Literally speaking, amour propre translates: amour- love propre- clean, or in this case, own own love then, or self love, similar to amour de soi, as indeed it is in rousseau’s work. The significance of rousseau’s concept of amour-propre in rawls xinghua wang university of tennessee, knoxville, that rousseau’s concept of amour-propre plays a significant role in rawls’s law of peoples by showing that three themes of rawls’s law of peoples, the two international original positions, the.
‘relative’ here means relative to other subjects, and rousseau's point is that the good sought by amour-propre is defined by, even partially constituted by, certain relations one has to subjects other than oneself. Rousseau thought that amour-propre was subject to corruption, thereby causing vice and misery the term amour-propre predates rousseau and is found in the writings of blaise pascal, la rochefoucauld, pierre nicole, jacques abbadie and many others. Rousseau presents the character of amour-propre in the second discourse as inherently combative and aggressive in nature: 'amour-propre  leads each individual to make more of himself than any other [and] causes all the mutual damage men inflict on one another' (1987: 106.