The Social Contract (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)
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The Social Contract (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
     
 

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"Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains." With those words, quite possibly the most famous in all political thought, Jean-Jacques Rousseau launches The Social Contract. It is a work that loomed over the French Revolution, haunted subsequent generations, and stalks the twenty-first century. Composed in the autumn of the Old Regime, The SocialSee more details below

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"Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains." With those words, quite possibly the most famous in all political thought, Jean-Jacques Rousseau launches The Social Contract. It is a work that loomed over the French Revolution, haunted subsequent generations, and stalks the twenty-first century. Composed in the autumn of the Old Regime, The Social Contract presents a radical new form of political community composed of free and equal citizens who collectively retain ultimate authority; today it remains the most compelling counter-model to modern representative liberal democracy. Complex and deeply unnerving, The Social Contract challenges its readers to rethink their understanding of freedom and servitude, the common good, and the very legitimacy of contemporary governments.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760770214
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
07/22/2005
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
240,332
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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