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On The Social Contract
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Dover Pubns
Publication date February 13, 2003
Pages 97
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780486426921
ISBN-10 0486426920
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.20 lbs.
Original list price $3.00
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"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 Contract 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 lead 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.



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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780872200692
 
from Hackett Pub Co Inc (June 1, 1988)
9780872200692 | details & prices | 5.75 × 9.25 × 0.25 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $24.95
About: "Man was born free, but everywhere he is in chains.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780486426921 Book cover for 9780872200685 Book cover for 9781452841366 Book cover for 9781461078326
 
With Jean-Jacques Rousseau | from Createspace Independent Pub (April 26, 2011)
9781461078326 | details & prices | 104 pages | List price $7.75
About: Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778) was a major philosopher of 18th-century Romanticism.
With Jean-Jacques Rousseau | from Createspace Independent Pub (May 6, 2010)
9781452841366 | details & prices | 105 pages | 5.75 × 9.00 × 0.25 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $12.00
About: On the Social Contract, written by legendary author Jean-Jacques Rousseau, is widely considered to be one of the greatest classic texts of all time.
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With G. D. H. Cole | from Dover Pubns (February 13, 2003)
9780486426921 | details & prices | 97 pages | 5.25 × 8.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $3.00
About: "Man was born free, but everywhere he is in chains.
from Hackett Pub Co Inc (November 1, 1988)
9780872200685 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.25 × 0.25 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $9.00
About: Contents include a note on the translation, introduction by Peter Gay, and a bibliography.

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