American Liberal Arts Blog

Teaching the Liberal Arts in the American Context
Week Eleven: Rousseau
Print
By Lee Trepanier, March 21, 2012 in Pedagogy and Teaching

This week we looked at Rousseau’s Discourse on the Origins of Inequality and Social Contract. I present Rousseau as an advocate of the liberal tradition but also a critic of it. What I find most interesting is how students respond to Rousseau’s critique of liberalism more so than Marx’s. I am not sure what accounts for this, but I’m always surprised by it.

Image credit: Plaque of Jean-Jacques Rousseau issued by Geneva in 1912. From Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rousseauplaque.jpg

Tags: No subjects

about the author

Lee Trepanier
Lee Trepanier

I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Saginaw Valley State University. I teach courses in political philosophy as well as the Introduction to Political Science course. I received my B.A. in Political Science and English Literature with a Minor in Russian Studies at Marquette University and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at Louisiana State University. My research interests are in Russian politics; politics and religion; politics, literature, and film; and political philosophy with a focus on the works of Eric Voegelin.