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- Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
- First Published: 1762
- Type of Work: Philosophy
- Genres: Nonfiction, Philosophy
- Subjects: Philosophy or philosophers, Social reform, Politics, France or French people, Slavery or slaves, Social issues, Individuality, Eighteenth century, Government, Democracy, Monarchy, Societies
The Social Contract stands as one of the great classics of political philosophy. In three earlier works, Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s basic theme had gradually emerged. Rousseau attacked the basic principles of Enlightenment thought, a philosophy that was dominant in eighteenth century Europe. Enlightenment thinkers sought to free philosophy and religion from the superstitions of the past. They supported the use of reason and science as the foundation for all belief and conduct. In contrast, Rousseau maintained that human understanding is not the sole domain of...
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