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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,353 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau Narrator: Erik Sandvold Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Justin | 1/29/2014

    " I cant say i felt really strongly either way with this one, some of it i agreed with and some i didnt agree with at all. Overall it was a good read, and i feel it is a valid theory deserving to be read and debated, just dont know how i feel about all Rousseau's conclusions. This is one that will make you think, compleatly worth giving it a look. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Imasongbyrd | 1/11/2014

    " I gave up; I couldn't understand Rousseau's concept of 'citizen' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Han Zhicheng | 12/22/2013

    " By a skimming through of this book, I have no doubt that this is one of the ingenious books I am looking for. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jacqie | 11/13/2013

    " I had to read this for school and it was very boring, uninteresting, and very confusing. Not something I would recommend "

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