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Du contrat social précédé de Discours sur l'économie politique (French) Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 1994

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Qu'est-ce que le citoyen attend ou devrait attendre de l'État en échange de l'obéissance à ses lois ? Le propos de Jean-Jacques Rousseau dans son Contrat social, publié en 1762, est de déduire la forme constitutionnelle de l'État légitime, la République. L'ouvrage expose à la fois les grands principes de cette République et les raisons qui en font une réalité historique condamnée à disparaître. À l'heure où il écrit, Rousseau, tourné vers le modèle des cités antiques, est convaincu que la liberté politique appartient à une époque révolue depuis longtemps. Les récentes innovations parlementaires anglaises ne font que confirmer à ses yeux le nécessaire déclin républicain : dans les sociétés libérales modernes, les intérêts de l'individu privé l'emportent en effet sur la vertu citoyenne.

Texte politique d'une grande rigueur, l'ouvrage Du Contrat social doit davantage se lire comme la critique anticipée des démocraties contemporaines que comme un manifeste militant pour une quelconque cause révolutionnaire. --Emilio Balturi --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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The image quality is okay, aside from "occasional marks" April 1 2014
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I would not comment on the content of the book because I don't think I have sufficient expertise to do so. However, I would like to review the re-print quality of the paperback. It is not the first book that I buy that would be a re-print of a century-old publication, yet this is the first time when I felt deceived, believeing that "occasional imperfections" are within reasonable limits. Usually such reprinted books would have narrow black streaks at the margins that occur due to scanning, which is okay, but the original book that Ulan Press used had a lot of random marks made by its reader(s) (like dashes, undelines, brackets, arrows, etc.), and some of these are quite distracting. I understand the publisher's desire to preserve original formatting and all, but I doubt the publisher had made any effort to conceal those, at very least, prior to printing. Anyway, if you are the preson, like I am, who doesn't like other's highlights, marks, or comments in books, this is not the best version of the book to buy.
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Literature at its best, Jean Jacques defines the boundary Of social life... The management of a population by his masters.