The general will (volonté générale), made famous by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, is a concept in political philosophy referring to the will of the people as a whole.
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... Diderot on the General Will EVERYTHING you conceive, everything you contemplate, will be good, great, elevated, sublime, if it accords with the ... except those of humanity.” But, you will ask, in what does this general will reside? Where can I consult it? ... Rousseau on the General Will AS long as several men assembled together consider themselves as a single body, they have only one will which is directed towards their common preservation and general well-being ...
Famous quotes containing the word general:
“Everyone confesses in the abstract that exertion which brings out all the powers of body and mind is the best thing for us all; but practically most people do all they can to get rid of it, and as a general rule nobody does much more than circumstances drive them to do.”
—Harriet Beecher Stowe (18111896)