Episode 47 – Rousseau pt. 3 – The General Will



On this episode of the podcast, we continue our desert island thought experiment, this time focusing on the general will of the people. First, we examine several interpretations of what "the general will of the people" actually means. Next, we take an in-depth look at Rousseau's interpretation, and discuss the difference between democratic and transcendental will. Finally, we explore the multitude of complications that arise when a government tries to enact the general will after it's (somewhat) agreed upon. All this and more on the latest episode of Philosophize This!


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Additional Stuff For Anyone Interested:

Bio of Rousseau http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/510932/Jean-Jacques-Rousseau

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: http://www.iep.utm.edu/rousseau/

NY Times Article on Rousseau from 05: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/06/books/review/06schiff.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


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