The Social Contract

The Social Contract

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by Jean Jacques Rousseau
     
 

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"Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains."

These are the famous opening words of a treatise which, from the French Revolutionary Terror to the Dictatorship of the Proletariat, has been interpreted as a blueprint for totalitarianism. But in The Social Contract Rousseau (1712-78) was at pains to stress the connection between liberty and law, freedom

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"Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains."

These are the famous opening words of a treatise which, from the French Revolutionary Terror to the Dictatorship of the Proletariat, has been interpreted as a blueprint for totalitarianism. But in The Social Contract Rousseau (1712-78) was at pains to stress the connection between liberty and law, freedom and justice. Arguing that the ruler is the people's agent, not its master, he claimed that laws derived from the people's General Wit. Yet in preaching subservience to the impersonal state he came close to defining freedom as the recognition of necessity.

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ISBN-13:
9781908388063
Publisher:
Aziloth Books
Publication date:
05/10/2011
Pages:
134
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.29(d)

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