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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (4 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415201993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415201995
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 824,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This will prove to be a very useful and widely used commentary on the "Social Contract filling a surprising gap in the market. It is sober, lucid and well-judged throughout and will, I am confident, be justly well-received, well-respected and well-thumbed."-Nicholas Dent, Birmingham University

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Christopher Bertram is senior lecturer of philosophy at Bristol University and has written for many journals in the political philosophy area.

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This book is extremely thorough and very helpful when breaking down Rousseau's philosophy. Perfect for university students who may struggle with the original text. It is categorised into helpful sections which means you can read exactly what you want without reading the whole book and has references to "The Social Contract" so you can find the page in the actual book and has great quotes for exams and essays.
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Useful guide 3 April 2005
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This is a vey useful guide to the social contract. It's especially good in showing how The Social Contract fits with Roussea's other writings. It would be a good book for students of political science, philosophy, or those interested in European history. It doesn't presuppose a great deal of philosophical background, but isn't boring for those who have it. I especially though that Bertram did a nice job of connecting The Social Contract with Rousseau's other writings, showing how they fit together (or don't, as the case may be.) I would have liked it to be a bit longer and more in depth at times, but it's a nicely done, informative, and readable book.
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