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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User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

A very remarkable set of ideas. Seems clear to me that if Rousseau has been influential at all, very little of it has migrated to American political science and philosophy. Given some of his rather ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ash - Goodreads

I have no idea why, but I love this book. I've never been a huge fan of reading philosophy, it's either too stiff for me (Like Plato's Republic) or I just can't wrap my head around the various concepts without getting a headache. But The Social Contract is one of my favorites. 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
Copyright

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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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