Social Contract

ISBN-10: 0879754443

ISBN-13: 9780879754440

Edition: Unabridged 

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With the publication of The Social Contract in 1761, Jean-Jacques Rousseau took his place among the leading political philosophers of the Enlightenment. Like his contractarian predecessors (Thomas Hobbes and John Locke), Rousseau sought to ground his political theory in an understanding of human nature, which he believed to be basically good but corrupted by the conflicting interests within society. Here self-interest degenerated into a state of war from which humanity could only be extricated by the imposition of a contract. As a party to the compact, each individual would find his true interest served within the political expression of the community of man, or the "general will."
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List price: $12.99
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Publishers
Publication date: 3/1/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 137
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" 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 Contract
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 a Sovereign Authority Maintains Itself
How a Sovereign Authority Maintains Itself (cont.)
How a Sovereign Authority Maintains Itself (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 Destructible
Voting
Elections
The Roman Comitia
The Tribunate
The Dictatorship
The Censorship
Civil Religion
Conclusion
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