TSCD: Book II, Chapters VII, VIII, IX, and X

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau translated by George Douglas Howard Cole CHAPTER VII: THE LEGISLATOR In order to discover the rules of society best suited to nations, a superior intelligence beholding all the passions of men without experiencing any of them would be needed. This intelligence would have to be wholly unrelated to our nature, while knowing […]

TSCD: Book II, Chapters XI and XII

CHAPTER XI: THE VARIOUS SYSTEMS OF LEGISLATION If we ask in what precisely consists the greatest good of all, which should be the end of every system of legislation, we shall find it reduce itself to two main objects, liberty and equality—liberty, because all particular dependence means so much force taken from the body of […]

TSCD: Book II, Chapters IV, V, and VI

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau translated by George Douglas Howard Cole CHAPTER IV: THE LIMITS OF THE SOVEREIGN POWER If the State is a moral person whose life is in the union of its members, and if the most important of its cares is the care for its own preservation, it must have a universal and compelling […]

TSCD: Book II, Chapters I, II, and III

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau translated by George Douglas Howard Cole CHAPTER I: THAT SOVEREIGNTY IS INALIENABLE The first and most important deduction from the principles we have so far laid down is that the general will alone can direct the State according to the object for which it was instituted, i.e. the common good: for if the clashing […]

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