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Rousseau 's View Of Morality And Human Nature

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The is obvious from Rousseau’s depiction of the general will and how it is to be performed in a democratic society that the philosopher holds a minimalist view of morality and human nature. This view stands on the belief that there is shared concept of human nature and what is good. The fallibility of Rousseau’s Social Contract is its very foundation on the general will and the capacity of human beings to give up their personal wills for the common good. of human beings to stems from a few questions that are left unanswered. Even though Rousseau provides a decent framework for a direct democracy, one question still remains. Are there limitations to the general will? In 1762, Rousseau published what he believed to be the solution to society’s ills, Social Contract. The French philosopher held politics to a high esteem viewing it as the key to retrieving the freedom that individuals traded for socio-economic and political inequality and the blueprint for the le vivre ensemble, a collective body. “Each of us puts his person and all of his power in common under the supreme direction of the general will, and in our corporate capacity, we receive each member as an indivisible part of the whole (Rousseau).” Through assimilation of our individual will into one collective, Rousseau believes that the general will is born. It is expected of each individual, under the comprehension that all other members are prepared to do the same, to willingly discard his or her individual will for
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