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Enlightened ‘savages’: Rousseau's social contract and the ‘brave people’ of Corsica

Hill, Mark J (2017) Enlightened ‘savages’: Rousseau's social contract and the ‘brave people’ of Corsica. History of Political Thought, 38 (3). pp. 462-493. ISSN 0143-781X. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:90147)

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Abstract

In the Social Contract Jean-Jacques Rousseau identifies Corsica as the last place in Europe capable of receiving his political proposals. To understand why this may be, this paper examines the historical and intellectual relationship between Rousseau's thought, enlightened European society, and Corsica in the eighteenth century. In doing this it identifies what was unique about the island, noting the perceived ‘savagery’ of its people, and thus, their capability to be given Rousseau’s laws. It then examines how proposals from Rousseau’s Constitutional Project for Corsica relate to the Social Contract, noting that the historical particularities of Corsica allow for further understanding of the proposals in the latter text.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Corsica; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Pasquale Paoli; Social Contract; commerce; constitutions; democracy; eighteenth century; enlightenment; human nature; lawgiver; legislator; political foundling; religion
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mark Hill
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2021 14:17 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2021 09:40 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/90147 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hill, Mark J: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7273-1775
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