Of the Social Contract and Other Political Writings

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A lively new translation of Rousseau's best-known work, accompanied by additional political writings "Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains" are the famous opening words of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Social Contract, a work of political philosophy that has stirred vigorous debate ever since its publication in 1762. Rejecting the view that anyone has a natural right to sovereignty, Rousseau argues instead for a pact—a "social contract"—that should exist among all the citizens of a state and that ...

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Overview

A lively new translation of Rousseau's best-known work, accompanied by additional political writings "Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains" are the famous opening words of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Social Contract, a work of political philosophy that has stirred vigorous debate ever since its publication in 1762. Rejecting the view that anyone has a natural right to sovereignty, Rousseau argues instead for a pact—a "social contract"—that should exist among all the citizens of a state and that should be the source of governing power. From this premise, he goes on to consider issues of liberty and justice, arriving at a view of society that has seemed to some a blueprint for totalitarianism, to others a declaration of democratic principles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141191751
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/24/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 421,444
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778) is the author of numerous political and philosophical texts as well as entries on music for Diderot's Encyclopédie and the novels La nouvelle Héloïse and ÉmileQuintin Hoare has translated from Italian, French, German, Russian, and Bosnian and is a winner of the John Florio Prize, the Scott-Moncrieff Prize, and the Schlegel-Tieck Prize. Christopher Bertram is a professor of social and political philosophy at the University of Bristol in England. He is the author of Rousseau and the Social Contract and is a past president of the Rousseau Association.

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Table of Contents

Chronology vii

Introduction xi

Further Reading xli

Of the Social Contract 1

Geneva MS (extract) 135

Principles of the Right of War 149

Letters Written from the Mountains (selections) 169

Constitutional Proposal for Corsica 187

Considerations on the Government of Poland 241

Notes 335

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