The Community and the Citizen

Mark Philp and Z. A. Pelczynski

in Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199645060
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741616 | DOI:
The Community and the Citizen

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Plamenatz examines Rousseau’s views on patriotism and on the requirements he imposes on community that now seem indefensible and illiberal but which arise from his view that social man must be brought to achieve moral freedom. He failed to see that patriotism can threaten individual freedom and was wrong to insist that citizens can achieve freedom only where they share the same ideals and standards.

Keywords: Rousseau; patriotism; community; citizenship; freedom; nationalism; civil religion

Chapter.  7199 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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