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Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born in Geneva in 1712. He spent much of his life travelling around Switzerland and France, working variously as a footman, seminarist and tutor. His writings included entries on music for Diderot's Encyclopédie, the novels La nouvelle Héloise (1761) and Émile (1762), and numerous political and philosophical texts. He also fathered five children - all of whom he abandoned to a foundling home - by Thérèse Levasseur, a servant girl. The crowning achievement of his political philosophy was The Social Contract, published in 1762. That same year he wrote an attack on religion that resulted in his exile to England. In 1770 Rousseau completed his Confessions. His last years were spent largely in France where he died in 1778. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
The listing for the 1968 print edition of the translation by Maurice Cranston links to a Kindle edition which is actually the 1913 translation by Cole, which is less clear, has... Read morePublished 1 month ago by bosten
'The tyranny of the majority' - a brilliant phrase coined by the author of 'Democracy In America' and a brilliant chink in the armour of Rousseau's societal vision. Read morePublished on May 12 2003 by Mr. M. P. Turner
Rousseau's ideas are well known. The introduction to this edition by the late Professor Maurice Cranston is very good. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2002
This highly quotable book has a lot of fundamental democratic principles - though many seem borrowed. This text, at least in translation, is hardly lively or personal. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2002 by Yan Timanovsky
Rousseau's treatise on the nature of people and their government has left a lasting imprint on political discourse. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2001 by Chad M. Brick
Let's be brief: The Social Contract is, I strongly believe, an objective and deep description of what Rousseau sees as human systems, i.e. Read morePublished on June 28 2001 by Yann Truong
200 years can't make a bad idea good. (Heck, Christianity has proved that 1700 years can't make a bad idea good) Rousseau bogs himself down in the same contradiction that has... Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2000