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Of the Social Contract and Other Political Writings

Of the Social Contract and Other Political Writings - 12 edition

ISBN13: 978-0141191751

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ISBN13: 978-0141191751
ISBN10: 0141191759
Edition: 12
Copyright: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.
Published: 2012
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Of the Social Contract and Other Political Writings - 12 edition

ISBN13: 978-0141191751

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

ISBN13: 978-0141191751
ISBN10: 0141191759
Edition: 12
Copyright: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.
Published: 2012
International: No
Summary

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'sSocial 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.

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