Discourse on Political Economy and The Social Contract

Discourse on Political Economy and The Social Contract

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
     
 

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Revolutionary in its own time and controversial to this day, this work is a permanent classic of political theory and a key source of democratic belief. Rousseau's concepts of "the general will" as a mode of self-interest uniting for a common good, and the submission of the individual to government by contract inform the heart of democracy, and stand as

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Revolutionary in its own time and controversial to this day, this work is a permanent classic of political theory and a key source of democratic belief. Rousseau's concepts of "the general will" as a mode of self-interest uniting for a common good, and the submission of the individual to government by contract inform the heart of democracy, and stand as its most contentious components today. Also included in this edition is Rousseau's Discourse on Political Economy", a key transitional work between his Discourse on Inequality and The Social Contract. This new translation offers fresh insight into a cornerstone of political thought, which is further illuminated by a comprehensive introduction and notes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199538966
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/13/1999
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
790,133
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)

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