general will


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general will

n
(Philosophy) (in the philosophy of Rousseau) the source of legitimate authority residing in the collective will as contrasted with individual interests
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Nevertheless, Riley effectively clarifies the effect of Malebranche's use of the Cartesian concept of the general will on later writers.
He makes clear that Malebranche's use of Cartesian simplification in asserting that the general will is constantly uniform and sparing in governing the world (thus opposing the notion of ~particular wills' which suspend the general laws of nature to suit the needs of each finite being) inevitably led him to declare that those who believed in miraculous particular providences suffered from egomania.
She works alongside Ruth Bartlett and specialises in contentious trusts, disputed estates and inheritance claims as well as general wills and probate work.
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