Making Citizens: Rousseau's Political Theory of Culture

Routledge (1993)
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By analysing Rousseau's conception of the general will, Zev Trachtenberg characterises the attitude of civic virtue Rousseau believes individuals must have to cooperate successfully in society. Rousseau holds that culture affects political life by either fostering or discouraging civic virtue. However, while the cultural institutions Rousseau endorses would motivate citizens to obey the law, they would not prepare citizens to help frame it. Rousseau's view of culture thus works against his account of legitimacy, and Trachtenberg concludes that Rousseau's political theory as a whole is inconsistent
Keywords Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
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Call number JC179.R9.T73 1993
ISBN(s) 0415040639   9780415040631   9780203024287   9781134953653   9781134953646   9781134953608   9781134953622   0415040639
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