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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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The Moral Relevance of Dependence

The Moral Relevance of Dependence

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(p.69) Part II The Moral Relevance of Dependence (p.70)
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Abandoned to Ourselves
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Peter Alexander Meyers

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300172058.003.0002

Rousseau made an argument about the moral character of dependence. Part II looks at the importance Rousseau put on the notion of dependence. It is not surprising to find the problem of dependence raised by Rousseau in a discussion about childhood and education. Indeed, Rousseau makes much of the commonsense notion that all children are dependent. Nor is it surprising to find Rousseau, who always seems ready to preach, taking the opportunity to elaborate his claims about dependence in broad, theoretical terms. Rousseau is concerned in a very general way with the deleterious effects of dependence. The part asks: how are these effects to be measured?

Keywords:   Rousseau, dependence, childhood, education, children, deleterious effects

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