Social Contract (Penguin Classics)

Social Contract (Penguin Classics)

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 124.46 x 193.04 x 15.24mm | 136.08g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0140442014
  • 9780140442014
  • 38,146

About Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) the French political philosopher and educationalist, is the author of A Discourse on Inequality, and Emile. Maurice Cranston was Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and wrote and published widely on Rousseau, including two volumes of more

Table of contents

The Social Contract Translator's acknowledgments Introduction Foreword Book I Book II Book III Book IVshow more