Rousseau’s and Smith’s Stage Theories of Social Evolution
Compare and contrast Rousseau’s and Smith’s stage theories of social evolution.
How do the historical narratives contained in their theories affect their moral evaluations of their own societies? In your conclusion, reflect on the role of stadial thinking in contemporary America (e.g., vis-à-vis other countries). Use the following resources: “The Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith and “A Discourse on Inequality” by Jean-Jacques Rousseau.