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}
}
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… Expand
ROUSSEAU'S GENERAL WILL: A CONDORCETIAN PERSPECTIVE
general will: (1) there is a common good; (2) citizens are not always accurate in their judgments about what is in the common good; and (3) when citizens strive to identify the common good and voteExpand
Rousseau’s Post-Liberal Self: Emile and the Formation of Republican Citizenship
ABSTRACT This article discusses Rousseau’s theory of the genesis and development of a “post-liberal self” and its political implications. In his Emile, or Education, Rousseau explores the distinctiveExpand
Malebranche and Natural Law
One does not normally think of Nicolas Malebranche (1638–1715)1 as a `natural law’ theorist – and indeed his main work on moral and political philosophy, the Traite de Morale (1684), uses the termExpand
Rousseau y la superación del dilema iusnaturalismo-convencionalismo
Is Rousseau a representative of the law of nature tradition or a conventionalist? The debate is old enough, but R. Derathe's authority, adscribing Rousseau to the former tradition, seems to haveExpand
Autonomy and Common Good: Interpreting Rousseau’s General Will
Abstract Rousseau’s project in his Social Contract was to construct a conception of human subjectivity and political institutions that would transcend what he saw to be the limits of liberalExpand
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Ernesto Laclau and the somewhat particular universal
Rousseau's general will is mostly interpreted as promoting social unity at the expense of plurality. Conversely, this article argues that the general will depends on, and preserves, plurality for itsExpand
Freedom in modern society: Rousseau's challenge
Rousseau's political thought has been accredited with major influence upon subsequent radical democratic thinking, but in fact its contradictions and obscurities render the real import of its legacyExpand
Rousseau’s philosophy of transformative, ‘denaturing’ education
Rousseau’s political philosophy presents the great legislator as a civic educator who must over time transform naturally self-loving egoists into citizens animated by a general will withoutExpand
Determinism and human freedom
INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND Determinism, broadly speaking, is the doctrine that whatever happens in the world is brought about by causes other than itself. In this sense, all the major philosophersExpand
Imagined Sovereignties: The Power of the People and Other Myths of the Modern Age
Movements like the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and the Tea Party embody some of our deepest intuitions about popular politics and “the power of the people.” They also expose tensions andExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 27 REFERENCES
The negation characteristic ofconsciousness.. . cancels in such away that it preserves and maintains what is sublated
  • The Social Probleni in the Philosophy of Rousseau
  • 1967
The fourth of the Lerrres sur la Grace was apparently published as early as 1718 in Fbe'on, Oeuvres Spiriruelles (Antaerp, 1718). -38. The most important of hlalbranche's writings conrra Arnauld are
  • Oeuvres de FPnPlon
  • 1961
To those therefore whose power is irresistible, the dominion of all men adhereth naturally by their excellence or power
  • 1957
107. Ibid.. p. I I I. 108. hlontesquieu, Lerrres Persanes
  • the broadest sense, are the necessary relations which 106. htontesquieu, Trait6 des Devoirs
Action de Dieu siir les Cr6atures. (Paris. 1713), p. 70. 83. Ibid
  • 84. Ibid
All translations from the French are my own, unless otherwise indicated)
    Both ' pieces are to be found in Oeuvres de hfalebranclie
      Discours 5141 I'InPgalitP
      • Politico1 Writings
      Discours dur I'IngalitP
      • The Social Contract and Discourses
      Doutes sur le Sysrhme Physique des Causes Occnrionnelles
      • Oeuvres ConiplPtes
      ...
      1
      2
      3
      ...