This Halcyon Classics ebook THE SOCIAL CONTRACT is one of the most noted works of Swiss philosopher and thinker Jean-Jacques Rousseau. THE SOCIAL CONTRACT argued against the idea that monarchs were divinely empowered to legislate, only the people, in the form of the sovereign, have that all powerful right. The underlying premise is that power comes from the people, not the rulers, and people can assign that power to others. They are also justified in taking back that power if it is misused or abused.
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Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) was a major Swiss philosopher, writer, and composer of 18th-century Romanticism. His political philosophy heavily influenced the American and French Revolutions, as well as the overall development of modern political, sociological and educational thought.