Of The Social Contract and Other Political Writings

» Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Translator - Quintin Hoare

Editor/introduction - Christopher Bertram

Notes by - Christopher Bertram

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Paperback : 04 Oct 2012

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Synopsis

'Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains.'

These are the famous opening words of a treatise that has stirred vigorous debate ever 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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Format : Paperback
ISBN: 9780141191751
Size : 129 x 198mm
Pages : 192
Published : 04 Oct 2012
Publisher : Penguin Classics

Of The Social Contract and Other Political Writings

» Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Translator - Quintin Hoare

Editor/introduction - Christopher Bertram

Notes by - Christopher Bertram

£9.99

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