Autonomy and Happiness in Rousseau's Justification of the State

  title={Autonomy and Happiness in Rousseau's Justification of the State},
  author={Rafeeq Hasan},
  journal={The Review of Politics},
  pages={391 - 417}
  • Rafeeq Hasan
  • Published 12 July 2016
  • Sociology
  • The Review of Politics
Abstract Recent interpretations of Rousseau suggest that autonomy is the master concept by which to understand his justification of the state. The Rousseauian state is legitimate insofar as it enables individuals to obey only their own wills and thus to be free. Autonomy-based interpretations cannot adequately account for Rousseau's remarks on the role of the state in securing a collective form of happiness through political community. These interpretations incorrectly construe collective… 
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