Du Contrat Social

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Penguin, 1968 - Philosophy - 187 pages
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'Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains'
These are the famous opening words of a treatise that has not ceased to stir vigorous debate since its first publication in 1762. Rejecting the view that anyone has a natural right to wield authority over others, Rousseau argues instead for a pact, or 'social contract', that should exist between all the citizens of a state and that should be the source of sovereign power. From this fundamental premise, he goes on to consider issues of liberty and law, freedom and justice, arriving at a view of society that has seemed to some a blueprint for totalitarianism, to others a declaration of democratic principles.
  

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This is a must-have for anyone interested in learning about political philosophy. Rousseau's book seems to stand on opposite ends of Locke's Two Treatises on Government. Whereas Rousseau outlines his ... Read full review

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I chose to read Rousseau's work at this time because Thomas Carlyle, in his monumental history The French Revolution, implied that Rousseau's thinking provided an important philosophical underpinning ... Read full review

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Contents

Translators acknowledgements
7
Introduction
9
Foreword
47
BOOK I
49
BOOK II
69
BOOK III
101
BOOK IV
149
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) the French political philosopher and educationalist, is the author of A Discourse on Inequality, and Emile.Maurice Cranston was Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and wrote and published widely on Rousseau, including two volumes of biography.

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