The Beginning that Never Was: Mediation and Freedom in Rousseau's Political Thought

@article{Einspahr2010TheBT,
  title={The Beginning that Never Was: Mediation and Freedom in Rousseau's Political Thought},
  author={Jennifer Einspahr},
  journal={The Review of Politics},
  year={2010},
  volume={72},
  pages={437 - 461}
}
Abstract Upon close examination of Rousseau's accounts of human development, we find that Rousseau presents us with paradoxical chronologies in which the experience of supposed immediacy from which humans are said to originate always seems to be informed by, and even require, previous mediation. More specifically, reflection, comparison, and imagination are thought to exist only after the onset of perfectibility, but these mediating capacities are always already present in pity and self-love… 
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