Jean-Jacques Rousseau

On the Social Contract

«Man was born free, but everywhere he is in chains.» Thus begins Rousseau's influential 1762 work, in which he argues that all government is fundamentally flawed and that modern society is based on a system of inequality. The philosopher posits that a good government can justify its need for individual compromises and 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 are essential reading for students of history, philosophy, and other social sciences. G. D. H. Cole translation.
170 printed pages
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    BMatt Manyongahas quoted2 years ago
    Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains
    Соня Верхотуроваhas quoted2 years ago
    He argues for a democratic, consensual form of government founded on the “general will,” free of gross inequality and arbitrary rule.
    Nigar Mamedovahas quoted3 years ago

    The strongest is never strong enough to be always the master, unless he transforms strength into right, and obedience into duty.

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