The Social Contract
By Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Review by Rachel (PPE)
This book is a great read if you are interested in studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at university! Whilst it is a bit complex, this book is iconic in political theory and it really help you to dig deep into some core features of society.
“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.” The famous opening line to a book that has shaped the direction of political philosophy over the years and is guaranteed to make you think deeply about the world around you. This book helps you to understand the common topic of the formation of society. It delves deep into discussions of what makes an ideal state, looking at government, elections, and justice. The Social Contract explains how individuals enter into a contract with society upon which legitimate authority is founded.
It will give you an insight into why we need a society and the mechanisms that help a society to function. Rousseau presents convincing arguments that give an insight into the politics of the time and the book helped to pave the way for many social reforms across Europe. I found that this book helped me to question my view of society and its role in my life and made me really excited about exploring more of the realm of politics!
The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
ISBN-10 : 9780141191751
ISBN-13 : 978-0141191751
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