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The Social Contract

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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)

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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Genres:

Philosophy

Description:

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)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

4h 47m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:41


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:34


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:16


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:44


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:50


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:16


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:33


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:23


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

15:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:35


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:23


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:49


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:07


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:27


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:38


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:01


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:37


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:52


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:45


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:55


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:21


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:32


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

21:53


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:07


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:07


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:48


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

22:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:08