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The Parent as CitizenA Democratic Dilemma$
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Brian Duff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816672721

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816672721.001.0001

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Monsters in the Garden: Rousseau on Politics and Parental Virtue

Monsters in the Garden: Rousseau on Politics and Parental Virtue

(p.29) Chapter 1 Monsters in the Garden: Rousseau on Politics and Parental Virtue
The Parent as Citizen

Brian Duff

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter on Rousseau argues that in relying on the experience of parenthood to plant the seed of virtue, and using the relationship with one’s children as the measure of virtue, he introduced a source of profound insecurity into modern conceptions of citizenship. Rousseau was persistent and creative in exploring ways that the experience of parenthood might help produce the right sort of virtuous citizenship. The results were deeply compelling—so much so that the popularity of Rousseau’s work quite literally introduced these ideas into popular conceptions of modern citizenship.

Keywords:   Jean-Jacques Rousseau, parenthood, virtue, children, citizenship

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