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Fugitive Rousseau: Slavery, Primitivism, and Political Freedom

Jimmy Casas Klausen


Critics have claimed that Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a primitivist who was uncritically preoccupied with “noble savages,” and that he remained oblivious to the African slave trade and so used “slavery” and “freedom” callously. Fugitive Rousseau demonstrates why these charges are wrong and argues that a “fugitive” perspective on political freedom is bound up with the themes of primitivism and slavery in Rousseau’s political theory. Rather than tracing Rousseau’s arguments primarily to the social contract tradition of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, Fugitive Rousseau places Rousseau squarely in ... More

Keywords: Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, freedom, slavery, primitivism, Stoicism, Epicureanism, empire, cosmopolitanism, domination

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823257294
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823257294.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jimmy Casas Klausen, author
University of Wisconsin, Madison

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