Menneskeheden og FN

Frederik Rasmussen, Ina Jensen, Louise Jørgensen, Sarah Ali, Dana Dreiager, Camilla Sbeihi & Rasha Abou Radi

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This study aims to illustrate how Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s ideas have influenced the French human rights declaration and the UN declaration of human rights. Both declarations comments on the social and inequality related problems, which Rousseau also discusses in his literary publication “The Social Contract” from 1762. The project will continuously argue that Rousseau has had an eminent effect on especially the French declaration which draws on several of Rousseau’s terms, such as; the General Will, the Sovereign, Law, Common Good etc. Through this study we seek to illuminate the above-mentioned elements to investigate if a connection between the articles of both the declarations and Rousseau exists, and if so how. Additionally, a selected chronologically historical overview will be presented in order to understand the given circumstances of the declarations’ configuration and their contemporary history. Through a comparative analysis the differences and similarities in both declarations will be illuminated. Thereafter the extent in which Rousseau’s ideas are expressed in both the declarations will be investigated in order to examine his relevance. In conclusion the most significant aspects, that are expressed by Rousseau in both the declarations, highlights among others equality, the general will and religious liberty.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato14 jun. 2016
VejledereKasper Risbjerg Eskildsen


  • Human Rights
  • FN