'Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains'
Since its first publication in 1762, Of the Social Contract has shaped political thinking. Viewed by some as a revolutionary statement of democratic freedoms and by others as a precursor of tyranny, it has guided and inspired activists from the French Revolution to the democratic and liberation movements of the modern era. Rousseau's treatise sets out his ideal that citizens should be governed according to laws they have chosen themselves. This new edition also includes many other political writings by Rousseau, including the first English translation of a new reconstruction of Rousseau's manuscript of his Principles of the Right of War, along with key texts concerning Geneva, Poland and Corsica which give insight into how Rousseau envisaged his principles being put into practice.
Quintin Hoare's sensitive new translation conveys to the modern reader the flavour of Rousseau's eighteenth-century original. It is accompanied by an introduction by Christopher Bertram discussing Rousseau's life and views; the ideas, ambiguities and tensions within Of the Social Contract; its influence; and its place within Rousseau's other work.
Translated by Quintin Hoare
Edited with an introduction and notes by Christopher Bertram
|Further Reading||p. xli|
|Of the Social Contract||p. 1|
|Geneva MS (extract)||p. 135|
|Principles of the Right of War||p. 149|
|Letters Written from the Mountains (selections)||p. 169|
|Constitutional Proposal for Corsica||p. 187|
|Considerations on the Government of Poland||p. 241|
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For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 21st November 2012
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 19.8