On the Social Contract

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  • Copyright: 2003-02-13
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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"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 proposes an alternative system for the development of self-governing, self-disciplined citizens.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Subject of the First Bookp. 1
The First Societiesp. 2
The Right of the Strongestp. 3
Slaveryp. 4
That We Must Always Go Back to a First Conventionp. 7
The Social Compactp. 8
The Sovereignp. 10
The Civil Statep. 12
Real Propertyp. 12
That Sovereignty Is Inalienablep. 15
That Sovereignty Is Indivisiblep. 16
Whether the General Will Is Falliblep. 17
The Limits of the Sovereign Powerp. 18
The Right of Life and Deathp. 21
Lawp. 23
The Legislatorp. 25
The Peoplep. 28
The People (cont.)p. 30
The People (cont.)p. 31
The Various Systems of Legislationp. 34
The Division of the Lawsp. 35
Government in Generalp. 37
The Constituent Principle in the Various Forms of Governmentp. 41
The Division of Governmentsp. 43
Democracyp. 44
Aristocracyp. 46
Monarchyp. 47
Mixed Governmentsp. 52
That All Forms of Government Do Not Suit All Countriesp. 53
The Marks of a Good Governmentp. 56
The Abuse of Government and Its Tendency to Degeneratep. 58
The Death of the Body Politicp. 60
How the Sovereign Authority Maintains Itselfp. 61
The Same (cont.)p. 62
The Same (cont.)p. 63
Deputies or Representativesp. 64
That the Institution of Government Is Not a Contractp. 66
The Institution of Governmentp. 67
How to Check the Usurpations of Governmentp. 68
That the General Will Is Indestructiblep. 71
Votingp. 73
Electionsp. 75
The Roman Comitiap. 76
The Tribunatep. 84
The Dictatorshipp. 85
The Censorshipp. 88
Civil Religionp. 89
Conclusionp. 97
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