A comprehensive and authoritative anthology of Rousseau's major later political writings in up-to-date English translations. This volume includes the essay on Political Economy; The Social Contract; the extensive, late Considerations on the Government of Poland; as well as the important draft on The Right of War and a selection of his letters on various aspects of his political thought. The Social Contract, Rousseau's most comprehensive political work - he called it a 'small treatise' - was condemned on publication by both the civil and the ecclesiastical authorities in France as well as in Geneva, and warrants for its author's arrest were issued. Rousseau was forced to flee and it is during this period that he wrote some of his autobiographical works. This new edition features an expanded Introduction, and an extensive editorial apparatus designed to assist students at every level access these seminal texts.
Offers the most comprehensive anthology of Rousseau's political writings in up-to-date English translations, including the essay on Political Economy, The Social Contract, Considerations on the Government of Poland and The Right of War
The helpful introduction features extensive editorial notes, dates, names, and places, along with guides to further reading, compiled by a renowned Rousseau scholar
The new edition features an expanded introduction, a new foreword and an extensive editorial apparatus
Victor Gourevitch is the William Griffin Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at Wesleyan University, Connecticut.
PrefacePreface to the second edition