Audiobook: The Social Contract
The Social Contract
1 - 1-01 – Subject of the First Book
- Download 1-01 – Subject of the First Book audio
- Download 1-04 – Slavery audio
- Download 3-01 – Government in General audio
- Download 3-06 – Monarchy audio
- Download 3-08 – That every form of government is not fit for every country audio
- Download 3-16 – That the Institution of the Government is not a contract audio
- Download 4-04 – The Roman Comitia audio
- Download 4-08 – Civil Religion audio
The Social Contract outlines Rousseau’s views on political justice, explaining how a just and legitimate state is to be founded, organized and administered. Rousseau sets forth, in his characteristically brazen and iconoclastic manner, the case for direct democracy, while simultaneously casting every other form of government as illegitimate and tantamount to slavery. Often hailed as a revolutionary document which sparked the French Revolution, The Social Contract serves both to inculcate dissatisfaction with actually-existing governments and to allow its readers to envision and desire a radically different form of political and social organization.
(Summary by Eric Jonas)
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