Posted by Peter Lawler
My critique on Rousseau remains consistently the same. Hobbes correctly notes in Leviathan that the for one words completely fail to aptly describe and explain the notion Rousseau is attempting to explain. YES he is right, YES the notion he describes is philosophically deep and in the end leads to notion of constant cultivation (asserted by Socrates). However, Rousseau in his inability rightly so to fully describe his notions leaves out multiple facets (aptly described by Hobbes) that are important to day-to-day life and are also the reason Marx's observations did not manifest themselves in correct "proletariat revolution". YES Rousseau and Marx make very important counter-cultural observations noted by Deneen, but they are very weak on certain perspectives.
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