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Social Contract: Essays by Locke, Hume and Rousseau

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Introduction, Sir Ernest Barker
An Essay Concerning the True Original, Extent & End of Civil Government, John Locke
Of the Original Contract, David Hume
The Social Contract, J.J. Rousseau.
Paperback, 351 pages
Published December 31st 1962 by Oxford University Press (London/Oxford/NY) (first published December 28th 1947)
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Dec 11, 2014 Erik Graff rated it really liked it
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I came into Grinnell College with a lot of advanced placement credit in English and History. Consequently, expecting to spend four years there, I spent the first two years only occasionally thinking about requirements, mostly taking what I was interested in. Since the war in Southeast Asia was on everyone's mind and revolution seemed to be in the air, I mostly took courses that seemed interesting or at least politically relevant. This lead to several couses in the social sciences, seminars about ...more
Mar 03, 2013 Marcel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Political science fans
It's time more people started re-reading books on why we have a government, it's purpose, rights and limits. I side with Locke over either Hume or Rousseau...especially over Hume. Bit of a tough read but lots of thought-provoking snippets.
Sep 05, 2008 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These particular writings of these particular minds laid the foundations of contemporary secular society, birthed from a logical and reasonable dissatisfaction with the religious world.
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