Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Rousseau and The Social Contract

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Philosophy - 214 pages
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Rousseau's Social Contract is a benchmark in political philosophy and has influenced moral and political thought since its publication. Rousseau and the Social Contract introduces and assesses:

*Rousseau's life and the background of the Social Contract
*The ideas and arguments of the Social Contract
*Rousseau's continuing importance to politics and philosophy

Rousseau and the Social Contract will be essential reading for all students of philosophy and politics, and anyone coming to Rousseau for the first time.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
ROUSSEAU THE MAN
5
CONFESSIONS
6
GENEVA
7
ADOLESCENCE
9
FROM VENICE TO VINCENNES
10
MUSIC
12
FICTION
13
THE LAWGIVER CULTURE AND MORALITY
128
WHY THE LAWGIVER IS NEEDED
130
THE QUALITIES OF THE LAWGIVER
133
THE REGRESS PROBLEM
134
SUPERIOR INTELLIGENCE AND THE PROBLEM OF EQUALITY
135
WHAT THE LAWGIVER DOES AND DOES NOT DO
137
HOW THE LAWGIVER DOES WHAT HE DOES
138
PERSUASION AND FREEDOM
140

CONDEMNATION
14
IN RETROSPECT
15
HUMAN NATURE AND MORAL PSYCHOLOGY
17
BASIC IDEAS
19
ROUSSEAUS VOCABULARY OF THE PASSIONS
21
THE PROBLEM OF DEPENDENCE
25
THE NATURAL GOODNESS OF HUMANITY
30
THE ROLE OF ARTIFICE
32
WAS ROUSSEAU RIGHT?
33
THE PSEUDOCHRONOLOGY OF THE DISCOURSE ON INEQUALITY
36
MAN IS BORN FREE
39
MEN AS THEY ARE LAWS AS THEY COULD BE
41
MAN IS BORN FREE
42
THE GENERAL SOCIETY OF THE HUMAN RACE
45
FALSE THEORIES OF THE BODY POLITIC
53
NATURAL SUBORDINATION
54
THE RIGHT OF THE STRONGER
61
OF SLAVERY
63
THE NEED FOR A FIRST CONVENTION
69
THE SOCIAL PACT AND PROPERTY
72
THE SOCIAL PACT
76
THE REMARKABLE CHANGE IN MAN
80
FREEDOM
82
PROPERTY
89
SOVEREIGNTY AND THE GENERAL WILL
97
EARLIER MENTIONS OF THE GENERAL WILL
99
THE GENERAL WILL AND THE WILL OF ALL
102
VOTING AND THE PROBLEM OF FACTION
106
A BRIEF NOTE ON CONDORCETS JURY THEOREM
109
THE LIMITS OF SOVEREIGN POWER AND THE NATURE OF THE LAW
110
UNIVERSALITY OF THE WILL AND OF THE OBJECT
112
THE DEATH PENALTY
115
THE LAW FURTHER ASPECTS
116
MORE ON THE GENERAL WILL
118
SYNOPTIC REMARKS ON THE GENERAL WILL
122
DENATURING
142
PSEUDOCHRONOLOGY
143
LEGITIMACY AND SOCIAL UNITY
144
GOVERNMENT AND SOVEREIGN
148
THE GOVERNMENT AND ITS TASK
149
ROUSSEAUS MATHEMATICAL ANALOGIES
151
THE FORMS OF GOVERNMENT
156
DEMOCRACY AS A FORM OF GOVERNMENT
157
ARISTOCRACY AS A FORM OF GOVERNMENT
158
MONARCHY AS A FORM OF GOVERNMENT
159
MIXED FORMS
161
GEOGRAPHICAL DETERMINISM?
162
DEGENERATION AND COLLAPSE
165
THE WELLORDERED STATE
167
AGAINST REPRESENTATIVE SOVEREIGNTY
169
HOW DEMOCRATIC ARE ROUSSEAUS INSTITUTIONS?
172
RECTITUDE EFFICIENCY AND COMMONALITY
173
CIVIL RELIGION
177
THE TEXT
178
THE HISTORY OF RELIGION
179
TYPES OF RELIGION IN RELATION TO THE STATE
182
ROUSSEAUS POSITIVE PROGRAMME
184
CONCLUSION
188
THE SOCIAL CONTRACT IN RETROSPECT
190
POLITICAL HOSTILITY
191
TOTALITARIANISM AND THE GENERAL WILL
193
TOTAL ALIENATION
197
CONSTITUTIONALISM AND ELITE DOMINATION?
198
THE LAWGIVER CIVIL RELIGION DENATURING AND ENGULFMENT
199
THE PHILOSOPHICAL AFTERLIFE OF THE GENERAL WILL
200
IS THE SOCIAL CONTRACT CONTRACTARIAN?
202
ROUSSEAUS ENDURING IMPORTANCE
203
BIBLIOGRAPHY
205
INDEX
210
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Christopher Bertram is senior lecturer of philosophy at Bristol University and has written for many journals in the political philosophy area.

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