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Title:
Routledge philosophy guidebook to Rousseau and The social contract
Author:
Bertram, Christopher, 1958-
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
ix, 214 pages ; 21 cm.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1470 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780415201988

9780415201995
Format :
Book

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Central Library JC179.R88 B48 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

Rousseau's Social Contract is one of the most famous books in political philosophy. It has inspired and influenced moral and political thought since publication and is widely studied for this reason. This guide takes a thematic look at the text, discussing and examining ideas in the context of the time and their implications for future philosophical and political thought. It assesses Rousseau's life and the background of the Social Contract, the ideas that arise in the text and the continuing relevance of Rousseau's work to contemporary philosophy.


Author Notes

Christopher Bertram is senior lecturer of philosophy at Bristol University and has written for many journals in the political philosophy area.


Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Rousseau the Man
2 Human Nature and Moral Psychology
3 Man is Born Free
4 False Theories of the Body Politic
5 The Social Pact and Property
6 Sovereignty and the General Will
7 The Lawgiver: Culture and Morality
8 Government and Sovereign
9 Civil Religion
10 The Social Contract in Retrospect Bibiography Index The Lawgiver: Culture and Morality

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