1st Edition

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Rousseau and the Social Contract

By Christopher Bertram Copyright 2004
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    Rousseau's Social Contract is a benchmark in political philosophy and has influenced moral and political thought since its publication. Rousseau and the Social Contract introduces and assesses:

    *Rousseau's life and the background of the Social Contract
    *The ideas and arguments of the Social Contract
    *Rousseau's continuing importance to politics and philosophy

    Rousseau and the Social Contract will be essential reading for all students of philosophy and politics, and anyone coming to Rousseau for the first time.

    Introduction 1. Rousseau the Man 2. Human Nature and Moral Psychology 3. Man is Born Free 4. False Theories of the Body Politic 5. The Social Pact and Property 6. Sovereignty and the General Will 7. The Lawgiver: Culture and Morality 8. Government and Sovereign 9. Civil Religion 10. The Social Contract in Retrospect Bibiography Index The Lawgiver: Culture and Morality


    Christopher Bertram is senior lecturer of philosophy at Bristol University and has written for many journals in the political philosophy area.

    "...the book is smart, well-written and fair. It is both the best available companion for the first-time reader of the Social Contract and a valuable contribution to the scholarship on Rousseau." Matthew Simpson, Journal of the History of Philosophy

    'Bertram gives us an insightful account of Rousseau’s character, an exemplary and charitable commentary on the Social Contract, and a brief but lucid account of his influence on later thinkers... a book which we should read and for which we should give thanks.'  - Tony Lynch, Australian Journal of Political Science