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Obscure Openings: Intellectual Freedoms of Rousseau, Agamben and Malabou

Rooney, Monique


“Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains”.1 Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s famous words, first published in “Social Contract”, sparked intense revolutionary fervour. Seeming to pose an impossibly out-of-reach idea of freedom, these words also catalysed debate often concerned with whether Rousseau idealises a nature that is free because it belongs to a primitive past (the first man) and/or a nascent state of life (birth/early childhood).2 Throughout his work, Rousseau writes of how immediate...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Continental Thought and Theory: A Journal of Intellectual Freedom
Access Rights: Open Access via publisher website


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