Reflections on the General Will's Sovereignty
This chapter explores more fully Rousseau's conception of the general will, the cornerstone of a free community of equals. It discusses the sense in which the general will is a will; the way(s) in which it is general; the kind of consensus about the common good required in the society of the general will; how majority rule is compatible with the idea that individuals follow ‘their own will’ when they comply with the general will; and whether there are rights in the society of the general will.
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