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Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Rousseau and the Social Contract

1st Edition

By Christopher Bertram


224 pages

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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.


'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

About the Author

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

About the Series

Routledge Philosophy GuideBooks

Routledge Philosophy GuideBooks painlessly introduce students to the classic works of philosophy. Each GuideBook considers a major philosopher and a key area of their philosophy by focusing upon an important text – situating the philosopher and the work in a historical context, considering the text in question and assessing the philosopher’s contribution to contemporary thought.

Edited by Tim Crane, University of Cambridge and Jonathan Wolff, University College London

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Political