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The Mountain Village

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/10.1093/0195125541.003.0010
 The Mountain Village

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Explores the way of Clarens, or the Mountain Village. In the Mountain Village of Rousseau's Julie; or, The New Eloise, self‐sufficient families enjoy community life, agreeable work, and natural beauty. Clarens has much to teach us about what we may hope for from family and friends, from local community, and from those intermediate spheres where the lines between public and private are not stark, where individuals can gather and share their different yet related lives. Rousseau's most cherished ideals are found on this path, and they are incarnated in his most famous woman character, Julie. Yet the way of Clarens has no political life, no government or culture to safeguard individual rights. Hence we should fear anything resembling a national Clarens. Clarens, like Rousseau's other paths, remains partial, incomplete, and provisional.

Keywords: Clarens; community; Government; individual; Julie; New Eloise; private; public; rights; Rousseau; woman

Chapter.  8662 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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