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J.-J. Rousseau on Slavery - Dictionary of Arguments

Mause I 181
Slavery/Rousseau: Rousseau speaks out against the possibility of people selling themselves into slavery: "He who renounces everything, for him no compensation is possible. Such a renunciation is incompatible with the nature of the human [(s) argument of the humiliation] and one withdraws all moral value from one's actions, if one takes all freedom from one's will [(s) argument of unfairness/unwillingness]". (1)

1. J.-J. Rousseau, Der Gesellschaftsvertrag: oder Die Grundsätze des Staatsrechtes. Berlin 2016, S. 12.

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Höffe I 276
Slavery/Rousseau/Höffe: Criticizing every form of slavery, Rousseau says that in the event of a possible renunciation of freedom, one completely abandons one's capacity as a human being, one's human rights (droits de l'humanité), which is illegitimate because it is incompatible with human nature.
[Surprising parallel]: Now the >social contract consists in a comparable total renunciation, even if the human does not become a slave but a subject (sujet). For he or she gives up natural freedom in favour of that (civic) civil freedom that grants the community the sole right to decide on everything that is to be binding.(1)

1. Rousseau, The Social Contract (Du contrat social ou Principes du droit politique), 1762

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Rousseau I
J. J. Rousseau
Les Confessions, 1765-1770, publ. 1782-1789
German Edition:
The Confessions 1953

Mause I
Karsten Mause
Christian Müller
Klaus Schubert,
Politik und Wirtschaft: Ein integratives Kompendium Wiesbaden 2018

Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016

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