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The General Will : Rousseau, Marx, Communism - Andrew Levine

The General Will

Rousseau, Marx, Communism

Hardcover Published: 24th September 1993
ISBN: 9780521443227
Number Of Pages: 240

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This bold and unabashedly utopian book advances the thesis that Marx's notion of communism is a defensible, normative ideal. However, unlike many others who have written in this area, Levine applies the tools and techniques of analytic philosophy to formulate and defend his radical, political program. The argument proceeds by filtering the ideals and institutions of Marxism through Rousseau's notion of the "general will." Once Rousseau's ideas are properly understood it is possible to construct a community of equals who share some vision of a common good that can be achieved and maintained through cooperation or coordination that is at once both voluntary and authoritative. The book engages with liberal theory in order to establish its differences from Rousseauean-Marxian political theory. This provocative book will be of particular interest to political philosophers and political scientists concerned with Marxism, socialist theory, and democratic theory.

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From reviews of the hardback: '... unrelentingly intelligent and innovative ... What gives this book its particular quality is the author's consistently sensible dealing with important and controversial questions, his ability to shape difficult claims persuasively to the argument in hand.' Alan Gilbert, University of Denver

The general will in theory
The 'origin' of the private will
Democracy in the Age of State
The last state
The liberal state and/versus the last state
Rousseauean Marxism and/versus liberalism
After communism, communism?
Index of names
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ISBN: 9780521443227
ISBN-10: 0521443229
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 24th September 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45