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Freedom in Rousseau's Political Philosophy
Daniel E. Cullen
Choice Outstanding Academic Book
"A very fine book.... Cullen's solid grasp ... makes his book a very reliable guide."óReview of Politics
In this interpretation of Rousseau's political thought, Daniel E. Cullen demonstrates that the concept of freedom is fundamental to the complex unity of Rousseau's work. He shows that the pervasive tension in Rousseau's thought between freedom and order, legitimacy and reliability can be explained as an effort to attune the political to the natural condition and to reestablish a condition of independence in political and social circumstances. Cullen's argument bears important implications for those who currently seek to bolster the case for participatory democracy by appealing to Rousseauian assumptions and conclusions.
(1993) 253 pp.
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