Of The Social Contract and Other Political Writings, Paperback / softback Book

Of The Social Contract and Other Political Writings Paperback / softback

Edited by Christopher Bertram

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'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 HoareWith a new introduction by Christopher Bertram

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Western philosophy: Enlightenment
  • ISBN: 9780141191751

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