Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "The Social Contract" Book Review by cee-cee

Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "The Social Contract"
An analysis of the views of Jean-Jacques Rousseau as defined in his "The Social Contract".
# 108936 | 2,599 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Nov 06, 2008 in Political Science (Political Theory) , Literature (General)

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This paper discusses how, in his book, "The Social Contract", Jean-Jacques Rousseau explains the relationship of the individual to society. The paper relates that Rousseau emphasizes the natural law of personal rights and sovereignty and argues that any government derives its legitimate power only from the collective choice of many individuals to allow government to act as a proxy for their personal exercise of those rights directly. The paper also examines how, for similar reasons, Rousseau opposed the concept of "rightful" ownership of slaves, especially those who did not choose to become slaves. Finally, the paper discusses how Rousseau questions the legitimacy of some forms of democratic.

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