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The general will (volonté générale), made famous by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, is a concept in political philosophy referring to the desire or interest of a people as a whole, or, as the U.S. constitution puts it, the "general welfare." As used by Rousseau, the "general will" is identical to the rule of law, and to Spinoza's mens una.

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