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general will

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics and International Relations

Fourth edition

Published in print January 2018 | ISBN: 9780199670840
Published online January 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191749568
general will

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Central political concept in the work of Jean-Jacques *Rousseau, for whom the general will is the result when citizens make political decisions considering the good of society as a whole rather than the particular interests of individuals and groups. Originally part of a theological debate concerning whether or not God had a general will that all men be saved or a particular will that some be not saved. Rousseau was influenced by the Jesuit philosopher, ...

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Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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