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The Social Contract

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

In The Social Contract, Rousseau explores the concept of freedom and the political structures that may enable people to acquire it. He argues that the sovereign power of a state lies not in any one ruler, but in the will of the general population. Rousseau argues that the ideal state would be a direct democracy where executive decision-making is carried out by citizens who meet in assembly, as they would in the ancient city-state of Athens. The thoughts contained in the work were instrumental to the advent of the American Revolution and became sacred to those leading the French Revolution. With traces of Aristotle and echoes of Plato’s Republic, The Social Contract is an exhilarating look at society and the definition of democracy.

In The Social Contract, Rousseau explores the concept of freedom and the political structures that may enable people to acquire it. He argues that the sovereign power of a state lies not in any one ruler, but in the will of the general population. Rousseau argues that the ideal state would be a direct democracy where executive decision-making is carried out by citizens who meet in assembly, as they would in the ancient city-state of Athens. The thoughts contained in the work were instrumental to the advent of the American Revolution and became sacred to those leading the French Revolution. With traces of Aristotle and echoes of Plato’s Republic, The Social Contract is an exhilarating look at society and the definition of democracy.
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Classics

Description:

In The Social Contract, Rousseau explores the concept of freedom and the political structures that may enable people to acquire it. He argues that the sovereign power of a state lies not in any one ruler, but in the will of the general population. Rousseau argues that the ideal state would be a direct democracy where executive decision-making is carried out by citizens who meet in assembly, as they would in the ancient city-state of Athens. The thoughts contained in the work were instrumental to the advent of the American Revolution and became sacred to those leading the French Revolution. With traces of Aristotle and echoes of Plato’s Republic, The Social Contract is an exhilarating look at society and the definition of democracy.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Neville Jason

Length:

6h 17m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

02:17


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:40


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:04


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:09


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:07


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:22


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:32


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:08


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:23


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:34


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:33


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:43


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:10


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:21


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:18


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:56


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:03


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:30


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:45


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:02


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:54


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:34


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:47


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:48


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:19


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:44


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:18


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:41


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:29


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:45


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:24


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:30


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:12


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:50


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:01


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:03


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:44


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:58


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:16


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:44


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

10:00


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:59


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:34


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:24


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:45


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:21


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:20


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

00:45