The Social Contract

Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Publisher: Sovereign via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1911495747

Category: Philosophy

Page: 268

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A book in which Rousseau theorized about the best way to establish a political community in the face of the problems of commercial society, which he had already identified in his Discourse on Inequality. The Social Contract helped inspire political reforms or revolutions in Europe, especially in France. The Social Contract argued against the idea that monarchs were divinely empowered to legislate. Rousseau asserts that only the people, who are sovereign, have that all-powerful right.

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: 1107077281

Category: Philosophy

Page: 164

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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.

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.

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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Postapocalyptic Fiction and the Social Contract: "We'll Not Go Home Again" provides a framework for our fascination with the apocalyptic events. The popular appeal of the end of the world genre is clear in movies, novels, and television shows. Even our political debates over global warming, nuclear threats, and pandemic disease reflect a concern about the possibility of such events. This popular fascination is really a fascination with survival: how can we come out alive? And what would we do next? The end of the world is not about species death, but about beginning again. This book uses postapocalyptic fiction as a terrain for thinking about the state of nature: the hypothetical fiction that is the driving force behind the social contract. The first half of the book examines novels that tell the story of the move from the state of nature to civil society through a Hobbesian, a Lockean, or a Rousseauian lens, including Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank, Malevil by Robert Merle, and Into the Forest by Jean Hegland. The latter half of the book examines Octavia Butler's postapocalyptic Parable series in which a new kind of social contract emerges, one built on the fact of human dependence and vulnerability.

The Social Contract

Or, The Principles of Political Rights

Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Publisher: N.A


Category: Political science

Page: 227

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The Social Contract ; And, The Discourses

Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Publisher: Everyman's Library

ISBN: 9780679423027

Category: Philosophy

Page: 409

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This revised edition of G. D. H. Cole's translation includes an appendix of sections from the first manuscript draft of The Social Contract and the passage in Rousseau's novel Emile in which he summarizes its argument.

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

The Social Contract & Discourses

Author: Jean Jacques Rousseau


ISBN: 1988297370

Category: Economics

Page: 287

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The role of government and whether it is required was a great topic of discussion around the revolt against the French nobility at the time this book was written. The argument focuses around whether the idea of law and good conscious is written within each of us and that we all know how government should act and be carried out. The work then goes over the various forms of government and of them all which would fit the proposed "Social Contract" the best. Each as its own merits.

Discourse on Political Economy and The Social Contract

Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau,Christopher Betts

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 0192835971

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 256

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Censored in its own time, the Social Contract (1762) remains a key source of democratic belief and is one of the classics of political theory. This new translation is fully annotated and indexed. The volume also contains the opening chapter of the manuscript version of the Contract, together with the long article on Political Economy, a work traditionally between the Contract and Rousseau's earlier masterpiece, the Discourse on Inequality.

Justice and the Social Contract

Essays on Rawlsian Political Philosophy

Author: Samuel Freeman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199725063

Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

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Samuel Freeman was a student of the influential philosopher John Rawls, he has edited numerous books dedicated to Rawls' work and is arguably Rawls' foremost interpreter. This volume collects new and previously published articles by Freeman on Rawls. Among other things, Freeman places Rawls within historical context in the social contract tradition, and thoughtfully addresses criticisms of this position. Not only is Freeman a leading authority on Rawls, but he is an excellent thinker in his own right, and these articles will be useful to a wide range of scholars interested in Rawls and the expanse of his influence.

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.

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

Author: James Hill

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1351353446

Category: History

Page: 96

View: 1724

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.

Recovering the Social Contract

Author: Ron Replogle

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847675913

Category: Philosophy

Page: 253

View: 8098

The author defends a novel philosophical thesis about the nature and foundation of moral rights. The thesis maintains that rights-claims derive their credibility from a distinctive idea of equality according to which persons are not just equally valuable but equally invaluable. The egalitarian ideal derives its normative content from widely acknowledged norms of competence that are distinguishable from and conceptually prior to the norms of rationality and morality that have exercised contemporary theorists of rational choice and justice. When its nature and foundation are appreciated, rights-based justice can be seen to be more powerful and, in an important sense, less ideological than alternative conceptions. In defending this view, the author considers how ideology corrupts thinking about justice and maintains that contemporary theorists are ideological in a sense that disqualifies them from setting credible normative standards.

Social Contract Theory for a Diverse World

Beyond Tolerance

Author: Ryan Muldoon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134793618

Category: Philosophy

Page: 142

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Very diverse societies pose real problems for Rawlsian models of public reason. This is for two reasons: first, public reason is unable accommodate diverse perspectives in determining a regulative ideal. Second, regulative ideals are unable to respond to social change. While models based on public reason focus on the justification of principles, this book suggests that we need to orient our normative theories more toward discovery and experimentation. The book develops a unique approach to social contract theory that focuses on diverse perspectives. It offers a new moral stance that author Ryan Muldoon calls, "The View From Everywhere," which allows for substantive, fundamental moral disagreement. This stance is used to develop a bargaining model in which agents can cooperate despite seeing different perspectives. Rather than arguing for an ideal contract or particular principles of justice, Muldoon outlines a procedure for iterated revisions to the rules of a social contract. It expands Mill's conception of experiments in living to help form a foundational principle for social contract theory. By embracing this kind of experimentation, we move away from a conception of justice as an end state, and toward a conception of justice as a trajectory.

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.