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On the Social Contract : Hackett Classics - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

On the Social Contract

Hackett Classics

Paperback Published: 1st January 1988
ISBN: 9780872200685
Number Of Pages: 109

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"Man was born free, but everywhere he is in chains. This man believes that he is the master of others, and still he is more of a slave than they are. How did that transformation take place? I don't know. How may the restraints on man become legitimate? I do believe I can answer that question..." Thus begins Rousseau's influential 1762 work, Du Contrat Social. Arguing that all government is fundamentally flawed, and that modern society is based on a system that fosters inequality and servitude. Rousseau demands nothing less than a complete revision of the social contract to ensure equality and freedom. Noting that government derives its authority by the people's willing consent (rather than the authorization of God), Rousseau posits that a good government can justify its need for individual compromises, rewarding its citizens with "civil liberty and the proprietorship of all he possesses." The controversial philosopher further suggests that promoting social settings in which people transcend their immediate appetites and desires leads to the development of self-governing, self-disciplined beings. A milestone of political science, these essays introduced the inflammatory ideas that led to the chaos of the French Revolution, and are considered essential reading for students of history, philosophy, and other social sciences. Book jacket.

Forewordp. ix
Subject of the First Bookp. 1
The First Societiesp. 2
The Right of the Strongestp. 3
Slaveryp. 4
That We Must Always Go Back to a First Conventionp. 7
The Social Compactp. 8
The Sovereignp. 10
The Civil Statep. 12
Real Propertyp. 12
That Sovereignty Is Inalienablep. 15
That Sovereignty Is Indivisiblep. 16
Whether the General Will Is Falliblep. 17
The Limits of the Sovereign Powerp. 18
The Right of Life and Deathp. 21
Lawp. 23
The Legislatorp. 25
The Peoplep. 28
The People (cont.)p. 30
The People (cont.)p. 31
The Various Systems of Legislationp. 34
The Division of the Lawsp. 35
Government in Generalp. 37
The Constituent Principle in the Various Forms of Governmentp. 41
The Division of Governmentsp. 43
Democracyp. 44
Aristocracyp. 46
Monarchyp. 47
Mixed Governmentsp. 52
That All Forms of Government Do Not Suit All Countriesp. 53
The Marks of a Good Governmentp. 56
The Abuse of Government and Its Tendency to Degeneratep. 58
The Death of the Body Politicp. 60
How the Sovereign Authority Maintains Itselfp. 61
The Same (cont.)p. 62
The Same (cont.)p. 63
Deputies or Representativesp. 64
That the Institution of Government Is Not a Contractp. 66
The Institution of Governmentp. 67
How to Check the Usurpations of Governmentp. 68
That the General Will Is Indestructiblep. 71
Votingp. 73
Electionsp. 75
The Roman Comitiap. 76
The Tribunatep. 84
The Dictatorshipp. 85
The Censorshipp. 88
Civil Religionp. 89
Conclusionp. 97
Table of Contents provided by Rittenhouse. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780872200685
ISBN-10: 087220068X
Series: Hackett Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 109
Published: 1st January 1988
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.11

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