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  1. What Is the General Will?Gopal Sreenivasan - 2000 - Philosophical Review 109 (4):545 - 581.
    What is the general will? In this essay, I propose a simple and straightforward answer. Rousseau’s general will, I shall argue, is the totality of unrescinded decisions made by a community—that is, of an association of individuals contractually constituted as a “moral and collective body”—when its deliberation is subject to certain constraints.
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  • The Political Philosophy of Rousseau.Roger D. Masters - 1968 - Princeton University Press.
    This book is intended as an equivalent to or substitute for that "more reflective reading" which Rousseau considered essential to an understanding of his ideas. It is designed to complement perusal of the texts themselves, and the arrangement is such that chapters on each of Rousseau's major writings can be consulted separately or the commentary may be read through in sequence. The author's purpose is not to present a "key" to Rousseau's political philosophy, but rather to explore the works themselves (...)
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  • The Solitary Self: Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Exile and Adversity.Maurice Cranston - 1997 - University of Chicago Press.
    A monumental achievement, Maurice Cranston's trilogy provides the definitive account of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's turbulent life. Now available in paperback, this final volume completes a masterful biography of one of the most important philosophers of all time. _The Solitary Self _traces the last tempestuous years of Rousseau's life. "_The Solitary Self_ is a fitting coda to a magisterial work. Cranston... is a compelling stylist who narrates Rousseau's tribulations with a mixture of compassion and dry humor."—Thomas Pavel, _Wall Street Journal_ "Cranston not (...)
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  • Rousseau.Timothy O'Hagan - 1998 - Routledge.
    Timothy O'Hagan investigates Jean-Jacques Rousseau's writings concerning the formation of humanity, of the individual and of the citizen in his three master works: the _Discourse on the Origin of Inequality among Men_, _Emile _and the _Social Contract_. He explores Rousseau's reflections on the sexes, language and religion. O'Hagan gives Rousseau's arguments a close and sympathetic reading. He writes as a philosopher, not a historian, yet he never loses sight of the cultural context of Rousseau's work.
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  • Reading Rousseau in the Nuclear Age.Grace G. Roosevelt - 1990
    For more than two centuries, the political writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau have helped shape many different responses to historical experience. While today's readers are aware of Rousseau's contemporary significance, his writings on war and peace have been almost completely ignored. This book offers a fresh interpretation of two of Rousseau's little-known works: his unfinished "The State of War" and his summary and critique of the Abbe de Saint-Pierre's Project for Perpetual Peace. Starting with an account of her discovery of the (...)
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  • Rousseau.Robert Wokler - 1995 - Oxford University Press, Usa.
    One of the most profound thinkers of modern history, Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a central figure of the European Enlightenment. He was also its most formidable critic, condemning the political, economic, theological, and sexual trappings of civilization along lines that would excite the enthusiasm of romantic individualists and radical revolutionaries alike. In this compact, thought-provoking study of Rousseau's life and works Robert Wokler shows how his philosophy of history, his theories of music and politics, his fiction, educational and religious writings, and (...)
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  • The Noble Savage Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1754-1762.Maurice William Cranston - 1991
     
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  • Jean-Jacques: The Early Life and Work of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1754.Maurice Cranston - 1991 - University of Chicago Press.
    In the first volume of his trilogy, noted political philosopher Maurice Cranston draws from original manuscript sources to trace Rousseau's life from his birth in provincial obscurity in Geneva, through his youthful wanderings, to his ...
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  • Rousseau, the Age of Enlightenment, and Their Legacies.RobertHG Wokler - 2012 - Princeton University Press.
    Robert Wokler was one of the world's leading experts on Rousseau and the Enlightenment, but some of his best work was published in the form of widely scattered and difficult-to-find essays. This book collects for the first time a representative selection of his most important essays on Rousseau and the legacy of Enlightenment political thought. These essays concern many of the great themes of the age, including liberty, equality and the origins of revolution. But they also address a number of (...)
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  • Rousseau.Nicholas Dent - 2005 - Routledge.
    In this superb introduction, Nicholas Dent covers the whole of Rousseau's thought. Beginning with a helpful overview of Rousseau's life and works, he introduces and assesses Rousseau's central ideas and arguments. These include the corruption of modern civilization, the state of nature, his famous theories of _amour de soi _and _amour propre_, education, and his famous work _Emile_. He gives particular attention to Rousseau's theories of democracy and freedom found in his most celebrated work, _The Social Contract_, and explains what (...)
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  • Rousseau: A Free Community of Equals.Joshua Cohen - 2010 - Oxford University Press.
    This book provides an analytical and critical appraisal of Rousseau's political thought that, while frank about its limits, also explains its enduring power.
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  • The Question of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.Ernst Cassirer - 1954 - Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  • Rousseau: The Sentiment of Existence.David Gauthier - 2006 - Cambridge University Press.
    Rousseau is often portrayed as an educational and social reformer whose aim was to increase individual freedom. In this volume David Gauthier examines Rousseau's evolving notion of freedom, where he focuses on a single quest: can freedom and the independent self be regained? Rousseau's first answer is given in Emile, where he seeks to create a self-sufficient individual, neither materially nor psychologically enslaved to others. His second is in the Social Contract, where he seeks to create a citizen who identifies (...)
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  • Rousseau: An Introduction to His Psychological, Social and Political Theory.N. J. H. Dent - 1988 - Blackwell.
  • Freedom, Dependence, and the General Will.Frederick Neuhouser - 1993 - Philosophical Review 102 (3):363-395.
    n his Lectures on the Histmy 0f Philosophy Hegel credits Rousseau with an cpoch-making innovation in the realm 0f practical philosophy, an innovation said to consist in thc fact that Rousseau is thc first thinker t0 recognize "the free will" as thc fundamental principle 0f political philosophy} Since Hcgcl’s 0wn practical philosophy is explicitly grounded in an account 0f thc will and its freedom, Hcgcl’s assertion is clearly intended as an acknowledgment 0f his deep indebtedness t0 R0usscau’s social and political (...)
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  • Rousseau and 'The Social Contract'.Christopher Bertram - 2004 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 66 (3):599-599.
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  • A Rousseau Dictionary.C. J. B. & N. J. H. Dent - 1993 - Philosophical Quarterly 43 (173):582.
    The social, educational and political writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau have become enormously influential in the 200 years since his death. But the breadth as well as the depth of Rousseau's achievement - he was amongst other things a creative writer and musical composer as well as a philosopher - is not always appreciated. In around 100 articles, alphabetically arranged and fully cross-referenced, N. J. H. Dent explores all facets of Rousseau's work and thoughts, while his subject's remarkable life is summarized (...)
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  • The Politics of Authenticity: Radical Individualism and the Emergence of Modern Society.Marshall Berman - 1972 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 33 (1):121-122.
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  • Rousseau and Representation.Richard Fralin - 1980 - Mind 89 (355):446-448.