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Reforming the City

Mark S. Cladis

in Public Vision, Private Lives

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195125542
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834082 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195125541.003.0008
 Reforming the City

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In Part I (chs 1–6), I have charted the contours of a Fall that seriously wounded us. Now, in Part II (chs 7–11), I investigate the means of redemption. I have mapped Rousseau's soteriological strategies on to what I call the five paths to redemption. Ch. 7 investigates what I call the extreme public path, which is best represented by Rousseau's On the Government of Poland. On the extreme public path, the private life is subsumed under the public. A form of extreme patriotism, this extreme path seeks to cast the individual's soul into the collective soul of the political body. On this path there is no distinction between virtue and patriotism, between morality and politics, between society and the state. Although there are some merits to this path, in the end its toll is heavy: the systematic elimination of the private life.

Keywords: freedom; On the Government of Poland; patriotism; political body; private life; public path; Rousseau; Soul; totalitarianism

Chapter.  17538 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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