Grace (“Jinx”) Roosevelt

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To link learning with action to improve the world was Audrey Cohen’s lifelong purpose.
The article makes a case for retaining the study of foundational texts in education programs.
The article compares the international relations theory of two seminal political philosophers – John Rawls and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

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“Rousseau vs. Rawls on International Relations”

Refereed journal article in The European Journal of Political Theory, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Summer 2006), pp. 301-320.

The article uses Rousseau’s little known responses to the Abbé de Saint-Pierre’s Project for Perpetual Peace and his fragments on ‘The State of War’ as a foil for Rawls’s claim that the international society he envisions in The Law of Peoples constitutes a “realistic utopia.” Most of the article focuses on comparing Rousseau’s and Rawls’s assumptions about human nature, but the final section also includes a brief discussion of their contrasting views of reason and the common good. The main conclusion is that in a post 9/​11/​01 world Rousseau may have more to teach us about the possibilities for international security than Rawls does, since Rousseau’s theory accounts for the moral corruptibility of both individuals and groups. The two philosophers agree, however, that the possibilities for international justice can only evolve out of the careful practice of local justice.