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Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: V500, X300
For Rousseau, there are only three things he does not reason away\ud apart from reason itself: self-interest, the good and, at least until Emile,\ud pity. This paper argues that it is Rousseau’s original formulation of\ud pity in the Second Discourse that is able to provide the extra-rational\ud conception of ethics that his political and educational philosophy\ud lacks when limited to a reading of the Social Contract and Emile. This\ud paper will also show how the reconceptualisation of these existential\ud predicates is usefully aligned with a reading of Derrida’s conceptions of\ud immunity and autoimmunity. By reconceiving Rousseau’s educational\ud and political thinking in terms of the primacy of pity rather than\ud reason, this paper will present a kind of philosophical prototype for\ud beginning to rethink contemporary educational and political logic in\ud terms of the primacy of pity more generally.
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