The Social Contract

The Social Contract

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Penguin Putnam

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

These are the famous opening words of a treatise that has not ceased to stir vigorous debate 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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.



Baker & Taylor
Presents the eighteenth century French philosopher's views on society and the relationship between the individual and the state

Publisher: Harmondworth, Middlesex, England ; New York : Penguin Books, 1987, c1968
ISBN: 9780140442014
0140442014
Branch Call Number: 320.1 Rou
Characteristics: 187 p. ; 18 cm

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