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Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the 'Well-Ordered Society' [Paperback]

Maurizio Viroli , Derek Hanson
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February 13, 2003 0521531381 978-0521531382
This book studies a central but hitherto neglected aspect of Rousseau's political thought: the concept of social order and its implications for the ideal society which he envisages. The antithesis between order and disorder is a fundamental theme in Rousseau's work, and the author takes it as the basis for this study. In contrast with a widely held interpretation of Rousseau's philosophy, Professor Viroli argues that natural and political order are by no means the same for Rousseau. He explores the differences and interrelations between the different types of order which Rousseau describes, and shows how the philosopher constructed his final doctrine of the just society, which can be based only on every citizen's voluntary and knowing acceptance of the social contract and on the promotion of virtue above ambition. The author also shows the extent of Rousseau's debt to the republican tradition, and above all to Machiavelli, and revises the image of Rousseau as a disciple of the natural-law school.

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This book studies a central but hitherto neglected aspect of Rousseau's political thought: the concept of social order and its implications for the ideal society which he envisages. The antithesis between order and disorder is a fundamental theme in Rousseau's work, and the author takes it as the basis for this study.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521531381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521531382
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rousseau and the republican tradition July 1, 2009
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Very consistent work. Provides a nice overview of Rousseau's debt to the republican tradition, as well as a complete analysis of the concept of order in his political work. Could be more synthetic though.
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