Freedom in the social context: the positions of Aristotle and Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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2018
Aytemir, Nesil
This thesis aims at examining and comparing the concept of freedom in the social context from the viewpoints of Aristotle (384–322 BC) and Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778). In order to do that, Aristotle’s ideas on slavery, the position of women in city-state, freedom of citizens, and democracy are emphasized for his position; and Rousseau’s ideas on state of nature, social contract theory, and ideal education are stressed on for his position. As both Aristotle and Rousseau mainly seek for an ideal system on the basis of city-state, and thereby its concomitants of “virtuous citizens”, the primary aim of this thesis is to analyse and compare their ideas on human nature, citizenship, woman, and education in order to discuss the concept of freedom in the social context.

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N. Aytemir, “Freedom in the social context: the positions of Aristotle and Jean-Jacques Rousseau,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2018.