Location

Murray Boardroom, University of Puget Sound

Event Website

http://webspace.pugetsound.edu/facultypages/atubert/ConferenceSchedule2016.htm

Start Date

13-2-2016 10:00 AM

End Date

13-2-2016 10:50 AM

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Isaiah Berlin’s “Two Concepts of Liberty” introduced the terminology of negative and positive liberty in 1958. Berlin asserts that Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s political philosophy (particularly “On the Social Contract’) exemplifies the dangerous notion of positive liberty. I argue that Berlin’s presentation distorts Rousseau’s work and overlooks resources that exculpate Rousseau with regard to despotic regimes. Berlin’s interpretation and portrayal of Rousseau are examined.

Berlin’s claims are examined mainly in light of Rousseau’s “Third Discourse” (The Discourse on Political Economy), as opposed to Berlin’s emphasis on “The Social Contract”. This work contains Rousseau’s normative commentary on the principles of good government. The adequacy of Berlin’s positive/negative liberty framework is tested with respect to Rousseau’s own claims.

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Feb 13th, 10:00 AM Feb 13th, 10:50 AM

Why Would Berlin Mischaracterize Rousseau?

Murray Boardroom, University of Puget Sound

Isaiah Berlin’s “Two Concepts of Liberty” introduced the terminology of negative and positive liberty in 1958. Berlin asserts that Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s political philosophy (particularly “On the Social Contract’) exemplifies the dangerous notion of positive liberty. I argue that Berlin’s presentation distorts Rousseau’s work and overlooks resources that exculpate Rousseau with regard to despotic regimes. Berlin’s interpretation and portrayal of Rousseau are examined.

Berlin’s claims are examined mainly in light of Rousseau’s “Third Discourse” (The Discourse on Political Economy), as opposed to Berlin’s emphasis on “The Social Contract”. This work contains Rousseau’s normative commentary on the principles of good government. The adequacy of Berlin’s positive/negative liberty framework is tested with respect to Rousseau’s own claims.

http://soundideas.pugetsound.edu/psupc/psupc2016/Saturday/4