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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Rousseau's thoughts on politics are at times aimless (Book IV I am starring at you) but there is an honesty here that runs through all his work and makes it invaluable particularly in our era of gross ... Read full review

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"Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains." For some a devoted defense of democracy and for others the bible of totalitarianism, The Social Contract stands as one of the most eloquent treatises ... 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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