Du Contrat Social

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Penguin, 1968 - Philosophy - 187 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - greeniezona - LibraryThing

I continue to love the Penguin Great Ideas series. Though the simple inclusion of a date of original publication would be very nice. Anyway, the book is a discussion of governments. Ideal governments ... Read full review

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User Review  - bookworm12 - LibraryThing

This fascinating commentary on the way society works is packed full of wisdom. Rousseau explores the unspoken agreement each individual makes with the society in which they operate. He contends that ... 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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