9780140442014

The Social Contract

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Maurice Cranston (Translated by)


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ISBN: 9780140442014
Published: September 1969

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'Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains' These are the famous opening words of a treatise that has not ceased to stir vigorous debate 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.

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  • Format:
  • ISBN: 9780140442014
  • Published: September 1969
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Width (mm): 129
  • Height (mm): 198
  • Depth (mm): 11
  • Weight (g): 145

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