The Social Contract

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The Social Contract  (1913) 
by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, translated by George Douglas Howard Cole
1913


Table of Contents[edit]

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    • 1. Subject Of The First Book
    • 2. The First Societies
    • 3. The Right Of The Strongest
    • 4. Slavery
    • 5. That We Must Always Go Back To First Convention
    • 6. The Social Compact
    • 7. The Sovereign
    • 8. The Civil State
    • 9. Real Property
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    • 1. That Sovereignty Is Inalienable
    • 2. That Sovereignty Is Indivisible
    • 3. Whether The General Will Is Fallible
    • 4. The Limits of The Sovereign Power
    • 5. The The Right of Life And Death
    • 6. Law
    • 7. The Legislator
    • 8. The People
    • 9. The People
    • 10. The People
    • 11. The Various Systems of Legislation
    • 12. The Division of Laws
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    • 1. Government in General
    • 2. The Constituent Principle in Various Form
    • 3. The Division of Governments
    • 4. Democracy
    • 5. Aristocracy
    • 6. Monarchy
    • 7. Mixed Governments
    • 8. Appropriate Governments
    • 9. The Marks of a Good Government
    • 10. The Abuse of Government
    • 11. The Death of the Body Politic
    • 12. How Sovereign Authority Maintains It Self
    • 13. The Same
    • 14. The Same
    • 15. Deputies or Representatives
    • 16. Institution of Government Is Not a Contract
    • 17. The Institution of Government
    • 18. How to Check the Usurpations of Government
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    • 1. That the General Will Is Indestructible
    • 2. Voting
    • 3. Elections
    • 4. The Roman Comitia
    • 5. The Tribunate
    • 6. The Dictatorship
    • 7. The Censorship
    • 8. Civil Religion
    • 9. Conclusion
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