PLPT 3020 Lec 13 02 - PLPT 3020\/27\/2013 1 Rousseaus General Will(GW a How do you find out what the general will is in a political community b What is

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PLPT 3020 Lec 13 02/27/2013 1. Rousseau’s General Will (GW) a) How do you find out what the general will is in a political community? b) What is the relation of the general will to the majority will? c) Why would you ever be motivated to identify with the general will: that is, to see it as your own will? d) What would it feel like to dissent in Rousseau’s political order? 2. Rousseau’s SC Revisited: a) You give up natural liberty, you get civil liberty, but it has the character of moral liberty, IF the lawmaking authority is the general will. – You cannot tell which one is just or not until you know what is the GW. b) Special interest: not a normatively neutral term – is particular interest. Not common good/public good. c) Rousseau: To develop a particular concept of public good – in this society, law constantly reflects what is the public interest in GW 3. Discovering the GW: a) Who gets to declare what it is? a.i. When Rousseau was born, the King of France: Louis XIV (The Sun-king;
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