which idea do you think is most important to Rousseau’s overall position, and why?
Rousseau’s doctrine of the general will appears to hover between two poles. On the one hand, he suggests that the general will is the will of the assembled people, provided that certain conditions are met (see for instance Social Contract, bk. IV, chap. ii). On the other hand, he says that the general will “is always right and always tends toward the public utility” (Social Contract, bk. II, chap. iii). Can these two aspects of his view be reconciled? If so, explain how this might be done in your view. If not, which idea do you think is most important to Rousseau’s overall position, and why?
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