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ISBN13: 9780143037491
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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's Social 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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The perfect books for the true book lover, Penguins Great Ideas series features twelve more groundbreaking works by some of historys most prodigious thinkers. Each volume is beautifully packaged with a unique type-driven design that highlights the bookmakers art. Offering great literature in great packages at great prices, this series is ideal for those readers who want to explore and savor the Great Ideas that have shaped our world.

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The perfect books for the true book lover, Penguin's Great Ideas series features twelve more groundbreaking works by some of history's most prodigious thinkers. Each volume is beautifully packaged with a unique type-driven design that highlights the bookmaker's art. Offering great literature in great packages at great prices, this series is ideal for those readers who want to explore and savor the Great Ideas that have shaped our world.

Rousseau's explosive cry for human liberty helped to spark the French Revolution and has haunted our discussions of how we should rule one another ever since—seen as both a blueprint for political terror and as a fundamental statement of democracy.

 

About the Author

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778) is the author of numerous political and philosophical texts as well as entries on music for Diderot's Encyclopédie and the novels La nouvelle Héloïse and Émile.
 
Quintin Hoare has translated from Italian, French, German, Russian, and Bosnian and is a winner of the John Florio Prize, the Scott-Moncrieff Prize, and the Schlegel-Tieck Prize.
 
Christopher Bertram is a professor of social and political philosophy at the University of Bristol in England. He is the author of Rousseau and the Social Contract and is a past president of the Rousseau Association.

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smilesndeed, April 19, 2012 (view all comments by smilesndeed)
Very interesting book about how an individual can spark such a good debate that it leads to social changes and eventual growth within that country.
Rousseau helped the people of France get to their need for revolution. Great topic still lingering today, with so many choices to be made, how will people treat one another?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143037491
Author:
Rousseau, Jean-jacques
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Cranston, Maurice
Author:
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
Author:
Hoare, Quintin
Author:
Rousseau, Jean Jacques
Author:
Christopher Bertram
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
Social contract
Subject:
History & Surveys - 17th/18th Century
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Philosophy-Surveys
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Great Ideas
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.06x4.34x.49 in. .27 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 176 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143037491 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The perfect books for the true book lover, Penguins Great Ideas series features twelve more groundbreaking works by some of historys most prodigious thinkers. Each volume is beautifully packaged with a unique type-driven design that highlights the bookmakers art. Offering great literature in great packages at great prices, this series is ideal for those readers who want to explore and savor the Great Ideas that have shaped our world.
"Synopsis" by ,

The perfect books for the true book lover, Penguin's Great Ideas series features twelve more groundbreaking works by some of history's most prodigious thinkers. Each volume is beautifully packaged with a unique type-driven design that highlights the bookmaker's art. Offering great literature in great packages at great prices, this series is ideal for those readers who want to explore and savor the Great Ideas that have shaped our world.

Rousseau's explosive cry for human liberty helped to spark the French Revolution and has haunted our discussions of how we should rule one another ever since—seen as both a blueprint for political terror and as a fundamental statement of democracy.

 

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