The General will Before Rousseau

@article{Riley1978TheGW,
  title={The General will Before Rousseau},
  author={Patrick Riley},
  journal={Political Theory},
  year={1978},
  volume={6},
  pages={485 - 516}
}
  • Patrick Riley
  • Published 1 November 1978
  • Psychology, Philosophy
  • Political Theory
will” (volontk gkltkrale)~ is central in Rousseau’s political and moral philosophy; Rousseau himself says that “the general will is always right,”2 that it is “the will that one has as a citizen”3-when one thinks of the common good and not of one’s own “particular will” ( V O ~ O F Z I ~ partictrlie‘re) as a “private person.” Even virtue, he says, is nothing but a “conforming” of one’s personal volontt particuliere to the public volontt gtntrale-a conforming which “leads us out of ourselves,”4… 

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