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With the publication of The Social Contract in 1761, Jean-Jacques Rousseau took his place among the leading political philosophers of the Enlightenment. Like his contractarian predecessors (Thomas Hobbes and John Locke), Rousseau sought to ground his political theory in an understanding of human nature, which he believed to be basically good but corrupted by the conflicting inteerests within society. Here self-interest degenerated into a state of war from which humanity could only be extricated by the imposition of a contract. As a party to the compact, each individual would find his true interest served within the political expression of the community of man, or the "general will."

What is the content of human nature and how does it compel mankind to come together to create a civil society? What form does this society take? What benefits does it offer its citizens, and what must each individual sacrifice to reap its rewards? How does sovereign power manifest itself, and what consequences follow for those who choose not to abide by the "general will"? Does Rousseau's political theory set forth a blueprint for democracyone that results in equality, universal suffrage, and popular sovereigntyor is it a recipe for central state totalitarianism? These are just a few of the complex questions that will confront readers of The Social Contract.

Whatever their intent or iltimate result, Jean-Jacques Rousseau's views on the state and man's relationship to it have culminated in one of the most powerful and compelling pieces of political philosophy ever written.

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ISBN:
9780879754440
Translator:
Cole, G. D. H.
Author:
Cole, G. D. H.
Author:
Rousseau, Jean Jacques
Author:
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Location:
Buffalo, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
History, theory and practice
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
Social contract
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Great Books in Philosophy
Series Volume:
18447
Publication Date:
19880331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
137
Dimensions:
8.49x5.55x.39 in. .44 lbs.

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