On the Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau audiobook

On the Social Contract

By Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Translated by G. D. H. Cole
Read by Erik Sandvold

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781441714688

  • ISBN: 9781441714664

Runtime: 5.04 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

“Man was born free, but everywhere he is in chains.” Thus begins Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s influential 1762 work, On the Social Contract, a milestone of political science and essential reading for students of history, philosophy, and social science. A progressive work, it inspired worldwide political reforms, most notably the American and French Revolutions, because it argued that monarchs were not divinely empowered to legislate. Rousseau asserts that only the people, in the form of the sovereign, have that all-powerful right. On the Social Contract’s appeal and influence has been wide-ranging and continuous. It has been called an encomium to democracy and, at the same time, a blueprint for totalitarianism. Individualists, collectivists, anarchists, and socialists have all taken courage from Rousseau’s controversial masterpiece.

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Author Bio: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Author Bio: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778) was one of the most influential thinkers during the Enlightenment in eighteenth-century Europe. His works were, and are, widely read, and he has been firmly established as a significant intellectual figure. His works and ideas influenced several noted philosophers and leaders of the French Revolution.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 5.04
Audience: Adult
Language: English