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Hannibal Lecture on Rousseau’s ‘Discourse on Inequality’ TODAY


John Isham

April 04, 2019

Dr. Michael Brent will deliver a Hannibal Lecture titled “Let’s Dance: Recognition and Inequality in Rousseau” at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 in the Niemann Media Theater. The lecture is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

“Each one began to consider the rest, and to wish to be considered in turn; and thus a value came to be attached to public esteem. Whoever sang or danced best, whoever was the handsomest, the strongest, the most dexterous, or the most eloquent, came to be of most consideration, and this was the first step toward inequality, and at the same time toward vice.”

This lecture will explore the pivotal role that recognition plays in the development of inequality and vice in Rousseau’s Second Discourse.

Michael Brent is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Denver and core faculty at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.

Questions? Contact Professor John Isham at