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Rousseau: The Social Contract and Other Later Political Writings

2nd Edition


Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107150812

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  • A comprehensive and authoritative anthology of Rousseau's major later political writings in up-to-date English translations. This volume includes the essay on Political Economy, The Social Contract, and the extensive, late Considerations on the Government of Poland, as well as the important draft on The Right of War and a selection of his letters on various aspects of his political thought. The Social Contract, Rousseau's most comprehensive political work - he called it a 'small treatise' - was condemned on publication by both the civil and the ecclesiastical authorities in France as well as in Geneva, and warrants for its author's arrest were issued. Rousseau was forced to flee and it is during this period that he wrote some of his autobiographical works. This new edition features an expanded introduction, and an extensive editorial apparatus designed to assist students at every level access these seminal texts.

    • Offers the most comprehensive anthology of Rousseau's political writings in up-to-date English translations, including the essay on Political Economy, The Social Contract, Considerations on the Government of Poland and The Right of War
    • The helpful introduction features extensive editorial notes, dates, names, and places, along with guides to further reading, compiled by a renowned Rousseau scholar
    • The new edition features an expanded introduction, a new foreword and an extensive editorial apparatus
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107150812
    • length: 412 pages
    • dimensions: 222 x 141 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the second edition
    Chronology of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    A brief guide to further reading
    A note on the texts
    A note on the translations
    A note on the editorial notes and index
    Discourse on Political Economy
    Of the Social Contract
    Book I
    Book II
    Book III
    Book IV
    From: Of the Social Contract or essay about the form of the Republic (known as the Geneva Manuscript): Book I, ch. 2 and Book II, ch. 4
    Principles of the Right of War
    Considerations on the Government of Poland
    Selected Letters: Letter to D'Offreville
    Letter to Usteri
    Letter to Mirabeau
    Letter to Franquières
    List of abbreviations and textual conventions
    Editorial notes
    Index of editors, translators, and annotators
    General index.

  • Author

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    Editor and Translator

    Victor Gourevitch, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
    Victor Gourevitch is the William Griffin Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at Wesleyan University, Connecticut.

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