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The Social Contract

Author : Jean-Jacques Rousseau
ISBN : 0300091419
Genre : Political Science
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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".
Category: Political Science

First And Second Discourses

Author : Jean-Jacques Rousseau
ISBN : 1935238418
Genre : Philosophy
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Jean Jacques Rousseau's provocative Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts (1750) launched a vigorous assault on the most cherished beliefs of his age in a passionate indictment of civilized "progress," which, in Rousseau's eyes, has led to a debilitating corruption of human nature and morality. Four years later, Rousseau produced another such assault in the Discourse on the Origins and Foundations of Inequality Among Men. A landmark of political thought, this work argues that human beings are by nature free, happy, and independent, but that social institutions and human inventions have corrupted that condition and brought about all human misery. Many of the details of Rousseau's account are open to dispute, but the revolutionary impact of the argument is beyond doubt: by insisting that our understanding of modern society must be placed on a historical footing, Rousseau invites us to see social injustice and evil as products of pernicious social institutions--not permanent features of an unsatisfactory or fallen condition. He offers no clear solution to the evils he diagnoses, but the implication of his argument is clear: society's most serious problems are caused, not by human nature, but by social institutions, especially property; if we wish to address these problems, we must change those institutions. The unflagging passion, clarity, and rhetorical power of Rousseau's style have inspired many social reformers and revolutionaries. Even today, his words are still cited by those who wish to challenge just how free and happy our citizens are in a society that prides itself on economic and personal freedom and the pursuit of happiness.
Category: Philosophy

The First And Second Discourses

Author : Jean-Jacques Rousseau
ISBN : UOM:49015002670264
Genre : Literary Collections
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One of the most respected translations of this key work of 18th-century philosophy, this text includes a brief introduction to the two works as well as abundant notes that range from simple explanations to speculative interpretations.
Category: Literary Collections

Rousseau The Discourses And Other Early Political Writings

Author : Jean-Jacques Rousseau
ISBN : 9781107151246
Genre : History
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The new edition of this comprehensive and authoritative anthology of Rousseau's important early political writings in faithful English translations.
Category: History

Der Leviathan

Author : Thomas Hobbes
ISBN : 3866474113
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Thomas Hobbes Leviathan ist das Sinnbild unumschränkter und unteilbarer staatlicher Macht- Der Mensch, von Natur aus ein egoistisches und auf Selbsterhaltung bedachtes Wesen, findet die Sicherheit des Zusammenlebens allein in der Institution des Staates. Das 1651 erschienene Meisterwerk des einflussreichen englischen Denkers wurde besonders im 20.Jahrhundert viel diskutiert und ist bis heute Inspirationsquelle der modernen Staatstheorie.

Rousseau And Geneva

Author : Helena Rosenblatt
ISBN : 0521033950
Genre : History
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Rousseau and Geneva is a distinguished contribution to the history of political thought.
Category: History

Discourse On The Origins Of Inequality Second Discourse Polemics And Political Economy

Author : Jean-Jacques Rousseau
ISBN : UOM:39076001764765
Genre : Political Science
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Includes the Second Discourse (complete with the author’s extensive notes), contemporary critiques by Voltaire, Diderot, Bonnet, and LeRoy, Rousseau’s replies (some never before translated), and Political Economy, which first outlined principles that were to become famous in the Social Contract. This is the first time that the works of 1755 and 1756 have been combined with careful commentary to show the coherence of Rousseau’s “political system.” The Second Discourse examines man in the true “state of nature,” prior to the formation of the first human societies, tracing the “hypothetical history” of political society and social inequality as they developed out of natural equality and independence.
Category: Political Science