The Social Contract Discourses

The Social Contract Discourses

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"[...]long journey which was to lead on at last to the theory of the Social Contract. In 1755 appeared the Discourse on the Origin and Foundation of Inequality among Men, which is the second of the works given in this volume. With this essay, Rousseau had unsuccessfully competed in 1753 for a second prize offered by the Academy of Dijon, and he now issued it prefaced by a long Dedication to the Republic of Geneva. In this work, which Voltaire, in thanking him for a presentation copy, termed his "second book against the human race," his style and his ideas have made a great advance; he is no longer content merely to push a single idea to extremes: while preserving the broad opposition between the state of nature and the state of society, which runs through all his work, he is concerned to present a rational justification of his views and to admit that a little[...]."
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  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 14.22mm | 435.45g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507563612
  • 9781507563618

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