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On the Social Contract (1762)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140442014, Paperback)'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.
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Presents the eighteenth century French philosopher's views on society and the relationship between the individual and the state.
2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.
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