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Greatness of Soul and the Souls of Women: Rousseau's Use of Plato's Laws in the Letter to D’Alembert


Nelson Lund


George Mason University School of Law

February 8, 2013

American Dialectic, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2013, pp. 1-43
George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 13-11

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This article completes the discussion of Plato’s Laws and Rousseau’s Letter to D’Alembert begun in the previous issue of this journal. Using what he had learned from Plato, Rousseau explains and defends the education of women that fits them to rule men in a modern republic. His philosophically informed analysis and defense of the bourgeois family was a challenge to the French Enlightenment, as it is to the dominant views of our own time. It has not yet been proven wrong.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 44

Keywords: arts, Athenian Stranger, Athens, Bérénice, Calvinism, Christianity, Denis Diderot, Discourse, Dorian, Encyclopedia, Geneva, Hobbes, inequality, Jean-Baptiste le Rond, Kleinias, Lacedaemon, laws, liberty, Locke, Parisian society, Philosophes, Racine, Republic, science, tyrants, Voltaire, Zaïre

JEL Classification: I21, N33

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Date posted: February 10, 2013  

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Lund, Nelson, Greatness of Soul and the Souls of Women: Rousseau's Use of Plato's Laws in the Letter to D’Alembert (February 8, 2013). American Dialectic, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2013, pp. 1-43; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 13-11. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2214046

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