Combat & Classics

Ep. 11: Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “First Discourse on the Arts and Sciences”

August 6, 2017 47 minutes 57 seconds podcast Download (MP3)

Jeff, Lise, and Brian are joined by the distinguished Dylan Casey and Wes Alwan from the Partially Examined Life for this crossover episode. They discuss the First Discourse on the Arts and Sciences, in which Rousseau argues that the arts and sciences tend to lead to “moral corruption”. What is “moral corruption”? What does it mean for a human being to be “whole”? How can a society be structured to allow individual humans to achieve wholeness? What role do the arts and sciences play in that endeavor? Join the group for a lively discussion of those questions and more!