Of the Social Contract and Other Political Writings

Of the Social Contract and Other Political Writings


Translator: Quintin Hoare
Editor/introduction: Christopher Bertram
Notes by: Christopher Bertram

Format
Paperback
Price
$11.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141191751
  • 192  Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

A lively new translation of Rousseau’s best-known work, accompanied by additional political writings
 
"Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains" are the famous opening words of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Social Contract, a work of political philosophy that has stirred vigorous debate ever since its publication in 1762. Rejecting the view that anyone has a natural right to sovereignty, Rousseau argues instead for a pact—a "social contract"—that should exist among all the citizens of a state and that should be the source of governing power. From this premise, he goes on to consider issues of liberty and justice, arriving at a view of society that has seemed to some a blueprint for totalitarianism, to others a declaration of democratic principles.

Of the Social Contract and Other Political Writings

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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