On the Social Contract

ISBN-10: 087220068X

ISBN-13: 9780872200685

Edition: Revised 

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Description: "Man was born free, but everywhere he is in chains. This man believes that he is the master of others, and still he is more of a slave than they are. How did that transformation take place? I don't know. How may the restraints on man become legitimate? I do believe I can answer that question..." Thus begins Rousseau's influential 1762 work, Du Contrat Social. Arguing that all government is fundamentally flawed, and that modern society is based on a system that fosters inequality and servitude. Rousseau demands nothing less than a complete revision of the social contract to ensure equality and freedom. Noting that government derives its authority by the people's willing consent (rather than the authorization of God), Rousseau posits that a good government can justify its need for individual compromises, rewarding its citizens with "civil liberty and the proprietorship of all he possesses." The controversial philosopher further suggests that promoting social settings in which people transcend their immediate appetites and desires leads to the development of self-governing, self-disciplined beings. A milestone of political science, these essays introduced the inflammatory ideas that led to the chaos of the French Revolution, and are considered essential reading for students of history, philosophy, and other social sciences. Book jacket.

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List price: $9.50
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/15/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 109
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Foreword
Subject of the First Book
The First Societies
The Right of the Strongest
Slavery
That We Must Always Go Back to a First Convention
The Social Compact
The Sovereign
The Civil State
Real Property
That Sovereignty Is Inalienable
That Sovereignty Is Indivisible
Whether the General Will Is Fallible
The Limits of the Sovereign Power
The Right of Life and Death
Law
The Legislator
The People
The People (cont.)
The People (cont.)
The Various Systems of Legislation
The Division of the Laws
Government in General
The Constituent Principle in the Various Forms of Government
The Division of Governments
Democracy
Aristocracy
Monarchy
Mixed Governments
That All Forms of Government Do Not Suit All Countries
The Marks of a Good Government
The Abuse of Government and Its Tendency to Degenerate
The Death of the Body Politic
How the Sovereign Authority Maintains Itself
The Same (cont.)
The Same (cont.)
Deputies or Representatives
That the Institution of Government Is Not a Contract
The Institution of Government
How to Check the Usurpations of Government
That the General Will Is Indestructible
Voting
Elections
The Roman Comitia
The Tribunate
The Dictatorship
The Censorship
Civil Religion
Conclusion
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