The Social Contract

The Social Contract

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Maurice Cranston
3.7/5 (40152 ratings)
"Man is born free; and everywhere he is 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.
Language
English
Pages
168
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin
Release
May 30, 2006
ISBN
0143037498
ISBN 13
9780143037491

The Social Contract

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Maurice Cranston
3.7/5 (40152 ratings)
"Man is born free; and everywhere he is 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.
Language
English
Pages
168
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin
Release
May 30, 2006
ISBN
0143037498
ISBN 13
9780143037491

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