Timing the laws: Rousseau’s theory of development in Corsica

@article{Li2022TimingTL,
  title={Timing the laws: Rousseau’s theory of development in Corsica},
  author={Hansong Li},
  journal={The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought},
  year={2022},
  volume={29},
  pages={648 - 679}
}
  • Hansong Li
  • Published 27 April 2022
  • Economics
  • The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought
Abstract This paper reinterprets Rousseau’s theory of political and economic development through the lens of time. In his governmental plan for Corsica, Rousseau sees an infirm political body about to heal, grow, and prosper under changing conditions, not a static experiment of autarkic agrarianism. Therefore, Rousseau's prescriptions of a hybrid economy, intergenerational office-holding, and future-oriented defence are themselves designed to evolve over time. Rethinking Rousseau's concept of… 

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 121 REFERENCES

Enlightened ‘savages’: Rousseau's social contract and the ‘brave people’ of Corsica

In the Social Contract Jean-Jacques Rousseau identifies Corsica as the last place in Europe capable of receiving his political proposals. To understand why this may be, this paper examines the

Austerity and Stability in Rousseau's Constitutionalism

the theme of stability features prominently in Rousseau’s constitutional thought. Although often typecast as a political utopian, he is in fact distinctly preoccupied with the question of how

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

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

Nature, Nation-Building, and the Seasons of Justice in Rousseau's Political Thought

Examining the special relations between On the Social Contract and the Constitutional Project for Corsica, this essay argues that Rousseau conceives of constitutionalism on the basis of his

Rawls and Rousseau: Amour-Propre and the Strains of Commitment

In this paper I try to illuminate the Rawlsian architectonic through an interpretation of what Rawls’ Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy say about Rousseau. I argue that Rawls’ emphasis

“Law and Customs Thrust Us Bank into Infancy””: Rousseau's Historical Anthropology

The view of Rousseau as a romantic for whom history is a fatal acquisition negating what is most essential and valuable in human nature has been powerfully renewed in many recent interpretations. It

Rousseau's Inhibited Radicalism: An Analysis of His Political Thought in Light of His Economic Ideas

  • Y. Peled
  • Economics, History
    American Political Science Review
  • 1980
It is generally agreed that Rousseau affected a pessimistic posture toward modernity and that this posture resulted from his failure to deal with the problems of modern industrial society. Underlying

Money, exchange and division of labour in Rousseau's economic philosophy

Abstract This paper examines the arguments advanced by Rousseau to explain his rejection of monetary exchange. First we show that the rejection of money as mean of exchange expresses a dismissal of

Thought and Practice of Enlightened Government in French Corsica

THE relation of Enlightenment ideas and political actions has often been discussed in the realm of theory. Corsica, which the republic of Genoa ceded to France by a treaty signed in May I768, offers

Enlightened Nation Building: The “Science of the Legislator” in Adam Smith and Rousseau

Rousseau is famous as an advocate of the politics of “denaturing.” But attention to his conception of the “science of the legislator,” as developed in the Geneva Manuscript and his writings on Poland
...