Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Social Contract: Section 57

The impulsion of mere appetite is slavery, and obedience to the law one prescribes to oneself is freedom.

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778) was a Genevan social philosopher. His exerted a profound influence on the social and political thought of the Enlightenment in France and across Europe, including aspects of the French Revolution. Many of his ideas were foundational in the overall development of modern political and educational thought.