Of the Social Contract and Other Political Writings

Of the Social Contract and Other Political Writings


Introduction by: Christopher Bertram
Translator: Quintin Hoare
Noted by: Christopher Bertram

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  • ISBN 9780141191751
  • 192 Pages
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Overview

‘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. Translated by Quintin Hoare With a new introduction by Christopher Bertram
Of the Social Contract and Other Political Writings

Of the Social Contract and Other Political Writings

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Introduction by: Christopher Bertram, Translator: Quintin Hoare, Noted by: Christopher Bertram

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