The General Will Is Citizenship: Inquiries Into French Political Thought Jason Andrew Neidleman

ISBN: 9780742507890

Published: November 28th 2000

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195 pages


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The General Will Is Citizenship: Inquiries Into French Political Thought  by  Jason Andrew Neidleman

The General Will Is Citizenship: Inquiries Into French Political Thought by Jason Andrew Neidleman
November 28th 2000 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 195 pages | ISBN: 9780742507890 | 9.13 Mb

This text advances a republican conception of citizenship, which is described and defended through an analysis of the general will in the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, leaders of the French Revolution and Restoration-era liberals. The authorMoreThis text advances a republican conception of citizenship, which is described and defended through an analysis of the general will in the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, leaders of the French Revolution and Restoration-era liberals. The author explains the general will is the will members of society have qua citizen, as opposed to the will they have qua private individual.

It encapsulates tensions fundamental to egalitarian politics - tensions between individual autonomy and the collective good, between voluntarism and virtue, between popular will and rational will. Essential to general will is its foundation in the idea of civic virtue, the subordination of private interests to the common good. Theorist of general will look to the formation of citizens as the only way to secure justice and legitimacy, they attend to social and cultural prerequisites to the flourishing of those principles.

Theorist studied in this volume are concerned with the viability of democratic regimes and principles as well as with the philosophical justification of those principles.



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