TSCD: Book I, Chapters VII, VIII, and IX

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau translated by George Douglas Howard Cole CHAPTER VII: THE SOVEREIGN This formula shows us that the act of association comprises a mutual undertaking between the public and the individuals, and that each individual, in making a contract, as we may say, with himself, is bound in a double capacity; as a member […]

TSCD: Book I, Chapters V and VI

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau translated by George Douglas Howard Cole CHAPTER V: THAT WE MUST ALWAYS GO BACK TO A FIRST CONVENTION Even if I granted all that I have been refuting, the friends of despotism would be no better off. There will always be a great difference between subduing a multitude and ruling a society. […]

TSCD: Book I, Chapters III and IV

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau translated by George Douglas Howard Cole CHAPTER III: THE RIGHT OF THE STRONGEST The strongest is never strong enough to be always the master, unless he transforms strength into right, and obedience into duty. Hence the right of the strongest, which, though to all seeming meant ironically, is really laid down as […]

TSCD: Book I, Chapters I and II

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau translated by George Douglas Howard Cole FOREWORD This little treatise is part of a longer work which I began years ago without realising my limitations, and long since abandoned. Of the various fragments that might have been extracted from what I wrote, this is the most considerable, and, I think, the least […]

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