This is an interdisciplinary assignment on Study Weeks 10, 11 and 12. When you have completed it, please send it to your tutor to arrive no later than 25th January 2008.
In no more than 1,200 words, complete the following assignment:
This assignment is divided into three parts. You may use sub-headings in your answer.
1. How does Rousseau argue that obedience to the general will increases our moral liberty? Briefly discuss one reasonable objection to the claim that obeying the general will would increase our freedom.
2. What evidence can be put forward in support of the claim that David sought to give visual form to political ideas in The Lictors Returning to Brutus the Bodies of his Sons (Illustration Book, Colour Plate 41)?
3. What areas of shared concern can you identify between Rousseau’s argument in The Social Contract and David’s Brutus?