Non-Fiction Books:

Social Contract (Penguin Classics)

Sorry, this product is not currently available to order

Here are some other products you might consider...

Social Contract (Penguin Classics)

Click to share your rating 2 ratings (5.0/5.0 average) Thanks for your vote!

Format:

Paperback
Social Contract (Penguin Classics) by Jean Jacques Rousseau
Unavailable
Sorry, this product is not currently available to order

Description

"Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains." These are the famous opening words of a treatise which, from the French Revolutionary terror to the Dictatorship of the Proletariat, has been interpreted as a blueprint for totalitarianism. But in "The Social Contract" Rousseau (1712-1778) was at pains to stress the connection between liberty and law, freedom and justice. Arguing that the ruler is the people's agent, not its master, he claimed that laws derived from the people's general will. Yet in preaching subservience to the impersonal state he came close to defining freedom as the recognition of necessity. Rousseau's powerful treatise expresses views on the rights, liberty and equality of all people. It remains a classic of political theory and one of the most influential works of abstract political thought in the Western tradition.

Author Biography

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) the French political philosopher and educationalist, is the author of A Discourse on Inequality, and Emile. Maurice Cranston was Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and wrote and published widely on Rousseau, including two volumes of biography.
Release date NZ
June 27th, 1974
Contributor
  • Translated by Maurice Cranston
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Penguin Classics
Pages
192
Dimensions
128x196x16
ISBN-13
9780140442014
Product ID
1660428

Customer reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars Based on 2 Customer Ratings

5 star
(2)
4 star
(0)
3 star
(0)
2 star
(0)
1 star
(0)

Nobody has reviewed this product yet. You could be the first!

Write a Review

Help & options

Filed under...