An Examination of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Social Contract
Seaberg, Mary H.
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) is one of the great thinkers and philosophers of the eighteenth century. His writings are still recognized as a valuable source of ideas and insights relevant to the political situation of man, but it is a controversial recognition. Critics, in their attempts to discover a single, dominant theme in his works, are unable to concur on the ultimate intention of Rousseau. The most intense debate revolves around the question of whether, in the final analysis, Rousseau's political writings exhibit liberal or totalitarian sympathies. Despite the recognition of the shortcomings inherent in any study of Rousseau which is too narrow, the decision was made to confine the subject of this paper primarily to the ideas of freedom which were expressed in The Social Contract.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.