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Abandoned to Ourselves$
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Peter A. Meyers

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300172058

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300172058.001.0001

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“Society” as the Ethical Starting Point for Political Inquiry

“Society” as the Ethical Starting Point for Political Inquiry

(p.1) Part I “Society” as the Ethical Starting Point for Political Inquiry (p.2)
Abandoned to Ourselves

Peter Alexander Meyers

Yale University Press

Part I examines how Rousseau took as his starting point for his quest of political inquiry the notion of “society”. From the 1750s and for the next two centuries, the sense that society was an autonomous force in experience gained traction. There were a number of reasons for this. The topic of human freedom frames many of Rousseau's most important innovations. This part begins by focusing on one of these. It is, the part states, the point from which Rousseau's influence on subsequent social thought most clearly arises.

Keywords:   Rousseau, society, human freedom, social thought

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