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Self-Direction and Political Legitimacy: Rousseau and Herder

Barnard, F. M.

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ISBN 10: 0198273274 / ISBN 13: 9780198273271
Published by Oxford University Press 1989-02-09, US, 1989
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Title: Self-Direction and Political Legitimacy: ...

Publisher: Oxford University Press 1989-02-09, US

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803) has been called the German Rousseau. Yet while Rousseau is recognized as a political thinker, Herder is not. This book explores each thinker's ideas--on nature and culture, selfhood and mutuality, paternalism, freedom, and autonomy--and compares their conceptions of legitimate statehood. Arguing that the crux of political legitimacy for both men was the possibility of "extended selfhood," Barnard shows that Herder, like Rousseau, profoundly altered human self-understandings, thus influencing modes of justifying political allegiance.


`this is a wide-ranging study, almost certainly not although a book for beginners. For specialists, however, Barnard offers much to savour Times Higher Education Supplement

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