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Rousseau and HobbesNature, Free Will, and the Passions$
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Robin Douglass

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198724964

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724964.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Rousseau and Hobbes

Robin Douglass

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the rationale for further studying the relationship between Hobbes and Rousseau, before providing a brief outline of the structure of the argument developed in subsequent chapters. It supplies an overview of the interpretation of Rousseau’s political philosophy to be developed throughout the book, highlighting the central themes of nature, free will, and the passions. Finally, it addresses some methodological issues and considers Rousseau’s knowledge of Hobbes’s works.

Keywords:   Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Hobbes, free will, nature, passions

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