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Lesson 4: The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Pt. 3

Watch Lesson 4 of Teaching Modern Political Philosophy, presented by Joshua Gibbs.

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The Social Contract by Jean-Jacque Rousseau

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Discussion Questions
  • What questions can you ask students to open class about these chapters?
  • Practice making seven “I am” statements and ranking them in order of importance. Which of these associations can you actually leave behind?
  • Discuss the meaning of the following statement from Rousseau: If the general will is to be clearly expressed it is imperative that there should be no sectional associations in the state and that every citizen should make up his own mind for himself. What is mean by sectional associations?  How important is this statement to the Western tradition?

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