Rousseau’s Defense of Democracy

In this Wireless Philosophy video, Geoff Pynn (Elgin Community College) examines Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s argument for democracy and the concept of “the general will,” and questions whether Rousseau truly reconciles state authority with individual freedom.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Elgin Community College

I work at Northern Illinois University. I teach on a wide range of topics. My research centers on epistemology. I’m also interested in creating connections between professional philosophers and ordinary people.

From 2011-2017, I was the the graduate adviser for NIU’s successful MA program in philosophy. I maintain a listing of funding at MA programs in the US and Canada.

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