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The Social Contract By Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The Social Contract
by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Rejecting the view that anyone has a natural right to wield authority over others, this title argues instead for a pact, or 'social contract', that should exist between the citizens of a state and that should be the source of sovereign power. From this fundamental premise, it considers issues of liberty and law, as well as freedom and justice.
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The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

'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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About Jean-Jacques Rousseau


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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GOR000841084
The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
1969-09-30
192
0140442014
9780140442014
N/A
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