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The Social Contract

The Social Contract
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  • Seller:MacGregors' Books
  • Language:English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Pages:128
  • Dimensions (in):7 x 5 x 1
  • Publication Date:1975
  • ASIN:B000GWJUEY
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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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