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On the Social Contract

On the Social Contract - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0486426921

Cover of On the Social Contract 03 (ISBN 978-0486426921)
ISBN13: 978-0486426921
ISBN10: 0486426920 Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.
Published: 2003
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On the Social Contract - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0486426921

Jean-Jacques Rousseau and G.D.H. Trans. Cole

ISBN13: 978-0486426921
ISBN10: 0486426920 Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.
Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

"Man was born free, but everywhere he is in chains." Thus begins Rousseau's influential 1762 work, in which he argues that all government is fundamentally flawed and that modern society is based on a system of inequality. The philosopher posits that a good government can justify its need for individual compromises and that promoting social settings in which people transcend their immediate appetites and desires leads to the development of self-governing, self-disciplined beings. A milestone of political science, these essays are essential reading for students of history, philosophy, and other social sciences. G. D. H. Cole translation.

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