The Plan for Perpetual Peace, On the Government of Poland, by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

By Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Christopher Kelly, Judith Bush (tr.)
Christopher Kelly (ed.)

These abridgements of The Plan for Perpetual Peace (published 1761), at the executive of Poland (1771–1772), and Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s different writings on heritage and politics signify his concerns of the sensible functions of key ideas constructed in his best-known theoretical writings. during this most modern quantity within the vintage sequence, Rousseau displays on tasks for a ecu union; the probabilities for governmental reform for France, together with the polysynody scan; diplomacy; and the institution of governments for Poland and Corsica, either lately liberated from international oppression. Taken jointly, those works provide definitive insights into Rousseau’s decidedly nonutopian ideas on cosmopolitanism and nationalism, and at the concept and perform of politics.

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Honest; otherwise by gaining by means of injustices something to lavish someday as benefits you would be acting like those zealous pious people who rob their neighbor in a holy way in order to make oVerings to God. But if one would assume all that and one could reconcile the habit of harshness with the object of beneficence, at what precise extent have you set the limit of your fortune; what solid reason will you have to be satisfied with it at one point rather than at another? What limits will you find in the nature of things at which you can reasonably say: this is enough?

The situation of the Cretins,5 the way they act with regard to them, the cause of their imbecility. 16. What the inhabitants of the mountains and the valleys do during the winter and how they occupy themselves. ON T H E W R I T I NGS OF T H E A BBÉ DE S A I N T-PI E R R E Abstract of Monsieur the Abbé de Saint-Pierre’s Plan for Perpetual Peace By J. J. Rousseau Citizen of Geneva Letter From M. Rousseau to M. de Bastide1 Author of The World I would have wished, Sir, to be able to respond to the decency of your solicitations by cooperating with your undertaking more usefully; but you know my resolution, and, for lack of anything better, in order to gratify you I am reduced to drawing from my old scribblings the enclosed piece as the least unworthy of the Public’s attention.

Their military discipline, their way of waging war and their principles with regard to war, conquests, and their neighbors. 6. How the rich and the poor behave toward each other, and the people in oYce toward the private individuals. If there is much variation in fortunes, where it comes from, and what it brings about in society. 7. The commerce of the country; what it provides to foreigners, and what it receives from them, and its manner of carrying on commerce with them. 8. The apothegms, witticisms, and peculiar stories that can best make known the character and genius of the inhabitants.

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