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The Social Contract (Penguin Classics)

The Social Contract (Penguin Classics)
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  • Seller:BRILANTI BOOKS
  • Sales Rank:15,643
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Pages:192
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.3
  • Dimensions (in):5.3 x 0.5 x 7.8
  • Publication Date:June 30, 1968
  • ISBN:0140442014
  • EAN:9780140442014
  • ASIN:0140442014
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'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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