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Of The Social Contract And Other Political Writings

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Author: Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
ISBN: 9780141191751
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year First Published: 2012
Pages: 356
Dimensions: 198mm x 129mm x 23mm
Format: Paperback / softback

Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains.’ These are the famous opening words of a treatise that has stirred vigorous debate ever 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.Translated by Quintin HoareWith a new introduction by Christopher Bertram