Realism and Reform in Rousseau's Constitutional Projects for Poland and Corsica

@article{Putterman2001RealismAR,
  title={Realism and Reform in Rousseau's Constitutional Projects for Poland and Corsica},
  author={Ethan Putterman},
  journal={Political Studies},
  year={2001},
  volume={49},
  pages={481 - 494}
}
Of all of the criticisms leveled against Rousseau's practical political writings few have been as pervasive as the charge of intentional utopianism. Over the years this charge has not gone entirely unanswered but, for the most part, the scholarly response has been to identify these works' realism solely in terms of Rousseau's desire to educate a corrupt Europe morally. In this essay, I reexamine the question of utopianism in Considérations sur le Gouvernement de Pologne and Projet pour la Corse… 

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