The Social Contract is a work by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, first published in 1762. “Man is born free, but he is imprisoned everywhere.” This is the first sentence of a treatise that, from its inception, has given rise to heated and challenging conversations and debates. Rejecting the view that domination of others is everyone’s natural right, Rousseau speaks of a social contract that must exist among all citizens of a government and be regarded as the origin of the institution of power. After proposing this fundamental theory, he addresses issues of law, freedom, and justice, and presents a picture of a society that some see as a blueprint for totalitarian governments and others as a proclamation. For the principles of democracy.
About the author of the book Social Contract Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, born 28 June 1712 and died 2 July 1778, was a Swiss philosopher and writer. Rousseau’s ideas in the political, literary, and educational fields greatly influenced his contemporaries. Living in Paris for many years, he is considered one of the founders of the ideals of the French Revolution. Although Rousseau was one of the first enlighteners to specifically use the concept of human rights, he can only speak of it in a specific and limited sense.
Excerpts from the book Social Contract
Some see themselves as the masters of others, while they are worse than themselves. How did this change happen? I do not know. What can legitimize this? I think I can answer this question.
To claim that a slave’s child is born a slave means to claim that he was not born a human being.
No citizen should be rich enough to buy another, and no citizen should be poor enough to sell himself.
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