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On the social contract

Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau; G D H Cole
Publisher: Mineola, New York : Dover Publications, 2003.
Series: Dover thrift editions.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It's publication in 1762 lead to great discussion about 'what is government' on both sides of the Atlantic, and is still essential reading today. How much government is too much? What rights should be given up for government? It is the Social Contract which is the foundational discussion on these topics.
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Named Person: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean-Jacques Rousseau; G D H Cole
ISBN: 0486426920 9780486426921
OCLC Number: 50598375
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: "An unabridged republication, taken from a standard edition, of On the social contract, or, Principles of political right ... first published by J.M. Dent, London, in 1913"--Title page verso.
Description: ix, 97 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: I. Subject of the First Book --
II. The First Societies --
III. The Right of the Strongest --
IV. Slavery --
V. That We Must Always Go Back to a First Convention --
VI. The Social Compact --
VII. The Sovereign --
VIII. The Civil State --
IX. Real Property --
I. That Sovereignty Is Inalienable --
II. That Sovereignty Is Indivisible --
III. Whether the General Will Is Fallible --
IV. The Limits of the Sovereign Power --
V. The Right of Life and Death --
VI. Law --
VII. The Legislator --
VIII. The People --
IX. The People (cont.) --
X. The People (cont.) --
XI. The Various Systems of Legislation --
XII. The Division of the Laws --
I. Government in General --
II. The Constituent Principle in the Various Forms of Government --
III. The Division of Governments --
IV. Democracy --
V. Aristocracy --
VI. Monarchy --
VII. Mixed Governments --
VIII. That All Forms of Government Do Not Suit All Countries --
IX. The Marks of a Good Government --
X. The Abuse of Government and Its Tendency to Degenerate --
XI. The Death of the Body Politic --
XII. How the Sovereign Authority Maintains Itself --
XIII. The Same (cont.) --
XIV. The Same (cont.) --
XV. Deputies or Representatives --
XVI. That the Institution of Government Is Not a Contract --
XVII. The Institution of Government --
XVIII. How to Check the Usurpations of Government --
I. That the General Will Is Indestructible --
II. Voting --
III. Elections --
IV. The Roman Comitia --
V. The Tribunate --
VI. The Dictatorship --
VII. The Censorship --
VIII. Civil Religion --
IX. Conclusion.
Series Title: Dover thrift editions.
Other Titles: Du contrat social.
Responsibility: Jean-Jacques Rousseau ; translated by G.D.H. Cole.
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It's publication in 1762 lead to great discussion about 'what is government' on both sides of the Atlantic, and is still essential reading today. How much government is too much? What rights should be given up for government? It is the Social Contract which is the foundational discussion on these topics.

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