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The Social Contract (Penguin Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Synopsis:

Rousseau's powerful treatise expresses views on the rights, liberty and equality of all people. It remains a classic of political theory and one of the most influential works of abstract political thought in the Western tradition.

Synopsis:

The Social Contract describes the basic principles of democratic government, stressing that law is derived from the will of the people.

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.

Table of Contents

Translator's acknowledgments

Introduction

Foreword

Book I

Book II

Book III

Book IV

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140442014
Translator:
Cranston, Maurice
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Cranston, Maurice
Author:
Christopher Bertram
Author:
Rousseau, Jean Jacques
Author:
Hoare, Quintin
Author:
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
Author:
Cranston, Maurice
Location:
London, England ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
Social contract
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin classics
Series Volume:
no. 5
Publication Date:
19680631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.88x5.08x.47 in. .33 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Rousseau's powerful treatise expresses views on the rights, liberty and equality of all people. It remains a classic of political theory and one of the most influential works of abstract political thought in the Western tradition.
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The Social Contract describes the basic principles of democratic government, stressing that law is derived from the will of the people.

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