The Social Contract

Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781853267819

Category: Fiction

Page: 139

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In this translated classic, Rousseau argues for the preservation of individual freedom in political society. He says that we can only be free under the law by voluntarily embracing that law as our own. Hence, being free in society requires each of us to subjugate all our desires to the collective good, the general will.

On the Social Contract

Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486111806

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 112

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A milestone of political science, Rousseau's 1762 work argues that all government is fundamentally flawed and that modern society is rife with inequality. He proposes an alternative system for the development of self-governing, self-disciplined citizens.

Of The Social Contract and Other Political Writings

Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014193199X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 400

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'Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains.' These are the famous opening words of a treatise that has stirred vigorous debate ever since its first publication in 1762. Rejecting the view that anyone has a natural right to wield authority over others, Rousseau argues instead for a pact, or 'social contract', that should exist between all the citizens of a state and that should be the source of sovereign power. From this fundamental premise, he goes on to consider issues of liberty and law, freedom and justice, arriving at a view of society that has seemed to some a blueprint for totalitarianism, to others a declaration of democratic principles. Translated by Quintin Hoare With a new introduction by Christopher Bertram

Rousseau: The Social Contract and Other Later Political Writings

Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107150817

Category: History

Page: 440

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The new edition of this comprehensive and authoritative anthology of Rousseau's major later political writings, in up-to-date English translations.

The Social Contract

And, The First and Second Discourses

Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau,Susan Dunn,Gita May

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300091410

Category: Political Science

Page: 315

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For this edition Susan Dunn has provided a new translation of the "Discourse on the Sciences and Arts" and has revised a previously published translation of "The Social Contract".

Discourse on Political Economy and The Social Contract

Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau,Christopher Betts

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199538964

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 256

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This is among the permanent classics of political theory. It argues concisely and effectively that the basis of any legitimate society must be the agreement of its members. Censored in its own time for its revolutionary tendencies, and still controversial in many respects, it is a main source of democratic belief.

The Social Contract Theorists

Critical Essays on Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau

Author: Christopher W. Morris

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 058511403X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 264

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This rich collection will introduce students of philosophy and politics to the contemporary critical literature on the classical social contract political thinkers Thomas Hobbes (1599-1697), John Locke (1632-1704), and Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778). A dozen essays and book excerpts have been selected to guide students through the texts and to introduce them to current scholarly controversies surrounding the contractarian political theories of these three thinkers.

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Rousseau and The Social Contract

Author: Christopher Bertram

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415201988

Category: Philosophy

Page: 214

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Rousseau's Social Contract is a benchmark in political philosophy and has influenced moral and political thought since its publication. Rousseau and the Social Contract introduces and assesses: *Rousseau's life and the background of the Social Contract *The ideas and arguments of the Social Contract *Rousseau's continuing importance to politics and philosophy Rousseau and the Social Contract will be essential reading for all students of philosophy and politics, and anyone coming to Rousseau for the first time.

The Social Contract

Author: James Hill

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1351353446

Category: History

Page: 96

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Few people can claim to have had minds as fertile and creative as the French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. One of the most influential political theorists of the modern age, he was also a composer and writer of opera, a novelist, and a memoirist whose Confessions ranks as one of the most striking works of autobiography ever written. Like many creative thinkers, Rousseau was someone whose restless mind could not help questioning accepted orthodoxies and looking at matters from novel and innovative angles. His 1762 treatise The Social Contract does exactly that. Examining the nature and sources of legitimate political power, it crafted a closely reasoned and passionately persuasive argument for democracy at a time when the most widely accepted form of government was absolute monarchy, legitimised by religious beliefs about the divine right of kings and queens to rule. In France, the book was banned by worried Catholic censors; in Rousseau’s native Geneva, it was both banned and burned. But history soon pushed Rousseau’s ideas into the mainstream of political theory, with the French and American revolutions paving the way for democratic government to gain ground across the Western world. Though it was precisely what got Rousseau’s book banned at the time, the novel idea that all legitimate government rests on the will of the people is now recognised as the core principle of democratic freedom and represents, for many people, the highest of ideals.

Hobbes and the Social Contract Tradition

Author: Jean Hampton

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521368278

Category: Philosophy

Page: 299

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A major study of Hobbes' political philosophy drawing on developments in game and decision theory.

Evolution of the Social Contract

Author: Brian Skyrms

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316123928

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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In this new edition of Evolution of the Social Contract, Brian Skyrms uses evolutionary game theory to analyze the genesis of social contracts and investigates social phenomena including justice, communication, altruism, and bargaining. Featuring new material on evolution and information transfer, and including recent developments in game theory and evolution literature, his book introduces and applies appropriate concepts of equilibrium and evolutionary dynamics, showing how key issues can be modeled as games and considering the ways in which evolution sometimes supports, and sometimes does not support, rational choice. He discusses topics including how bargaining with neighbors promotes sharing of resources, the diversity of behavior in ultimatum bargaining in small societies, the Prisoner's Dilemma, and an investigation into signaling games and the spontaneous emergence of meaningful communication. His book will be of great interest to readers in philosophy of science, social science, evolutionary biology, game and decision theory, and political theory.

Postapocalyptic Fiction and the Social Contract

We'll Not Go Home Again

Author: Claire P. Curtis

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739142059

Category: Political Science

Page: 210

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Fictional accounts of the end of the world rarely explore the end of humanity; instead they present the end of what we now know and the opportunity to start over. Postapocalyptic Fiction and the Social Contract: 'We'll Not Go Home Again' contends that postapocalyptic fiction reflects one of our most basic political motivations and uses these fictional accounts to explore the move from the state of nature to civil society through a Hobbesian, a Lockean, and a Rousseauian lens.

On the Social Contract

Author: Jean Rousseau

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781537061351


Page: 108

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Jean Jacques Rousseau was a Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of the 18th century. Jean Jacques Rousseau's political philosophy influenced the Enlightenment in France and across Europe, as well as aspects of the French Revolution and the overall development of modern political and educational thought. On The Social Contract is one of Jean Jacques Rousseau's works which has influenced politics & government throughout the world. On The Social Contract espouses Jean Jacques Rousseau's theory on free will & determinism by delving into what he viewed as the best way to establish a political community in the face of the problems of commercial society. Originally published in 1762, the work helped to inspire political reforms and revolutions in Europe, especially in France. Jean Jacques Rousseau's On The Social Contract argued against the idea that monarchs were divinely empowered to legislate and control politics & government; as Rousseau asserts, only the people, who are sovereign, have that all-powerful right. On The Social Contract is often required reading for courses in philosophy, politics & government, and politics & social sciences.

Justice and the Social Contract : Essays on Rawlsian Political Philosophy

Essays on Rawlsian Political Philosophy

Author: Samuel Freeman Stephen F. Goldstone Term Professor of Philosophy and Law University of Pennsylvania

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195345754

Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

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John Rawls (1921-2002) was one of the 20th century's most important philosophers and continues to be among the most widely discussed of contemporary thinkers. His work, particularly A Theory of Justice, is integral to discussions of social and international justice, democracy, liberalism, welfare economics, and constitutional law, in departments of philosophy, politics, economics, law, public policy, and others. Samuel Freeman is one of Rawls's foremost interpreters. This volume contains nine of his essays on Rawls and Rawlsian justice, two of which are previously unpublished. Freeman places Rawls within historical context in the social contract tradition, addresses criticisms of his positions, and discusses the implications of his views on issues of distributive justice, liberalism and democracy, international justice, and other subjects. This collection will be useful to the wide range of scholars interested in Rawls and theories of justice.

Political Writings

Containing The Social Contract, Considerations on the Government of Poland, Constitutional Project for Corsica

Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299110949

Category: Philosophy

Page: 330

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Frederick Watkins' 1953 edition of Rousseau's Political Writings has long been noted for being fully accurate while representing much of Rousseau's eloquence and elegance. It contains what is widely regarded as the finest English translation of The Social Contract, Rousseau's greatest political treatise. In addition, this edition offers the best available translation of the late and important Government of Poland and the only published English translation of the fragment Constitutional Project for Corsica, which, says Watkins, provides the clearest possible demonstration of the practical implications of Rousseau's political thought.

Rousseau's 'The Social Contract'

A Reader's Guide

Author: Christopher D. Wraight

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826498604

Category: Philosophy

Page: 136

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A Reader's Guide to one of the most important and influential works of political thought in the history of philosophy.

Game Theory and the Social Contract: Just playing

Author: K. G. Binmore,Emeritus Professor of Economics Ken Binmore

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262024440

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 589

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In this second volume the author unveils his own controversial theory, which abandons the metaphysics of Immanuel Kant for the naturalistic approach to mortality of David Hume. According to this viewpoint, a fairness norm is a convention that evolved to co-ordinate behaviour on an equalibrium of a society's Game of Life. This approach allows the author to mount an evolutionary defence of Rawls' original position that escapes the utilitarian conclusions that follow when orthodox reasoning is applied with the traditional assumptions. Using ideas borrowed from the theory of bargaining and repeat games, the author is led instead to a form of egalitarianism that vindicates the intuitions that led Rawls to write his "Theory of Justice". Written for an interdisciplinary audience, the book aims to offer a panoramic tour through a range of insights that game theory brings to anthropology, biology, economics, philosophy and psychology.

Social Contract

Author: Jean Jacques Rousseau

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451602227

Category: Philosophy

Page: 128

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In Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Discourses on the Origin of Inequality, he outlines his own history of the development of human society. He explains in general terms how the differences between social and economic classes arose alongside the formation of modern states. He also explores the means by which these inequalities were actually built into and perpetuated by the foundational notions of modern society and government. Rather than endorse a return to the peaceful ways of pre-modern human beings, Rousseau addresses these inequalities in his seminal work, The Social Contract. Rousseau does not see government as an inherently corrupting influence, and he makes very clear and precise recommendations about how the state can and should protect the equality and character of its citizens.