Rousseau: The Social Contract And Other Later Political Writings

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In a four page essay, reflect upon the social contract. Outline in detail how Rousseau describes the state of nature and what must be transformed in order for the social contract to come into being. What does his account of the state of nature show about Rousseau's beliefs about human nature? What do people gain and lose by entering into the social contract?

Next, analyze to what extent contemporary society and government resemble the social contract as Rousseau paints it. Have people in modern society given up natural liberty in order to attain civil liberty? What specific rights and privileges does/would civil liberty in a modern context entail?

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Attached.

Introduction

A. Topic/focus of the essay
B. Thesis Statement

Body

First paragraph description

A. Summary of first piece of supporting evidence/information
B. Summary of second piece of supporting evidence/information

Second paragraph description

A. Summary of first piece of supporting evidence/information
B. Summary of second piece of supporting evidence/information

Third paragraph description

A. Summary of first piece of supporting evidence/information
B. Summary of second piece of supporting evidence/information

Conclusion

A. Restatement of thesis
B. Concluding remarks


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Introduction
In the Rousseau’s Social Contract, Rousseau contends that laws bind people only when
people themselves support it with their general will. He also challenged the traditional order of
society by his excellent idea which stated that "man is born free, but he is everywhere in chains."
From this, Rousseau describes the numerous ways and means of how the civil society "chains"
undermine man’s natural birthright to physical freedom. He points out how the civil society does
not do anything to launch individual independence and equivalence that man was promised when
he came into the community. The only legitimate political authority for Rousseau is that the
supremacy is subscribed to by all persons who had approved to the government through entering
into a social contract for their mutual preservation.
Jean-Ja...

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