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of its own. Building on the work of Hobbes and c h a p t e r t w o R R R Jean- Jacques Rousseau Creating— and Preserving— a Free People 22 • chapter t wo Locke, Rousseau insists that political society is not, as Aristotle and Aqui­ nas contended, something natural or God­ given. It is artificial, built upon human agreements and conventions, and nothing else. This was, for the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a radical and deeply subversive thought. It disposes of divine right, custom and usage, and the ostensibly natural hierarchy between the few and the

c h a p t e r t h r e e The Right of Politics and the Knowledge of the Philosopher: On the Intention of Jean- Jacques Rousseau’s Du contrat social 117 I Du contrat social is the work of a philosopher who speaks as a citizen to citizens in order to determine anew the right and the limits of politics for all to see. Its author knows that the philosophic treatment of politics demands a political writing. Whoever undertakes to write about politics must put up with being asked and must himself be clear about the capacity in which he writes, to what end, and

Humility in Modern Political Thought
Strategies of Persuasion and Education
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v c o n t e n t s Preface vii Note on Translation ix Note on Citations ix i. Why Political Philosophy? 1 ii. The Renewal of Philosophy and the Challenge of Revealed Religion: On the Intention of Leo Strauss’s Thoughts on Machiavelli 23 iii. The Right of Politics and the Knowledge of the Philosopher: On the Intention of Jean- Jacques Rousseau’s Du contrat social 115 Appendix: Leo Strauss, Thoughts on Machiavelli: The Headings 187 Index of Names 199

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Contents 1 Introduction 1 2 Jean- Jacques Rousseau creating— and preserving— a free people 21 3 Hegel as Political Educator 86 4 Tocqueville the aristo crat as demo cratic pedago gue 173 5 J. S. Mill demo cracy and the au thorit y of the instructed 228 6 Conclusion 275 ac know l e d gm e n t s 287 no t e s 289 i n de x 345

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Inequality among Men. In The Major Political Writings of Jean- Jacques Rousseau, ed. and trans. John T. Scott. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. Sciences Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts. In The Major Political Writ- ings of Jean- Jacques Rousseau, ed. and trans. John T. Scott. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. Social Contract On the Social Contract, or Principles of Political Right. In The Major Political Writings of Jean- Jacques Rousseau, ed. and trans. John T. Scott. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. CC Correspondence complète