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    Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. A Dissertation on Political Economy: to which is Added, a Treatise on the Principles of Politic Law. Albany: Barber & Southwick, 1797. Krown & Spellman retail: $400. 12mo. 2 pts in 1 vol. A-Z6. 72, 214, [2 subscriber's list]pp. Frontis. Contemp. American sheep, chipped and worn, front cover detached, spine lacking 1/4" at head f.f.e.p. loose, paper age toned. First American edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.


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    "Perhaps Rousseau's most important work is The Social Contract that describes the relationship of man with society. Contrary to his earlier work, Rousseau claimed that the state of nature is brutish without law or morality, and that there are good men only as a result of society's presence. In the state of nature, man is prone to be in frequent competition with his fellow men. Because he can be more successful facing threats by joining with other men, he has the impetus to do so. He joins together with his fellow men to form the collective human presence known as "society." "The Social Contract" is the "compact" agreed to among men that sets the conditions for membership in society. Rousseau also questioned the assumption that the will of the majority is always correct. He argued that the goal of government should be to secure freedom, equality, and justice for all within the state, regardless of the will of the majority. One of the primary principles of Rousseau's political philosophy is that politics and morality should not be separated. When a state fails to act in a moral fashion, it ceases to function in the proper manner and ceases to exert genuine authority over the individual. The second important principle is freedom, which the state is created to preserve. Evans 32780.



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