Of the Social Contract and Other Political Writings

ISBN-10: 0141191759
ISBN-13: 9780141191751
Edition: 2012
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List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/24/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 356
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

'Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains.' These are the famous opening words of a treatise that has stirred vigorous debate ever since its first publication in 1762. Rejecting the view that anyone has a natural right to wield authority over others, Rousseau argues instead for a pact, or 'social contract', that should exist between all the citizens of a state and that should be the source of sovereign power. From this fundamental premise, he goes on to consider issues of liberty and law, freedom and justice, arriving at a view of society that has seemed to some a blueprint for totalitarianism, to others a declaration of democratic principles.Translated by Quintin HoareWith a new introduction by Christopher Bertram

Quintin Hoare is the director of the Bosnian Institute and has translated numerous works by Sartre, Antonio Gramsci, and other French authors. He lives in the United Kingdom.

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