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On the Social Contract

Narrated by: Erik Sandval
Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
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"Man was born free, but everywhere he is in chains." Thus begins Jean-Jacques Rousseau's influential 1762 work, On the Social Contract, a milestone of political science, and essential reading for students of history, philosophy, and social science. A progressive work, it inspired world-wide political reforms, most notably the American and French Revolutions, because it argued that monarchs were not divinely empowered to legislate. Rousseau asserts that only the people, in the form of the sovereign, have that all powerful right.

On the Social Contract's appeal and influence has been wide-ranging and continuous. It has been called an encomium to democracy and, at the same time, a blueprint for totalitarianism. Individualists, collectivists, anarchists, and socialists have all taken courage from Rousseau's controversial masterpiece.

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classic text, well read

worth a listen to this now historic text and to consider it's relevance to modern times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-06-2019

Practically unlistenable performance

Even the copyright message was narrated with more expressiveness than the rest of the book.

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  • David Bonifacio
  • 22-07-2017

Classic. Must read.

Adding this to our family canon of books to read. Required reading for citizens of free societies.

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  • Arno
  • 17-02-2017

Thank you sir!

Sounds naive in 21st century, but if you factor in when it was written! It's a monumental work form the first letter to the end.

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  • Robert
  • 20-04-2016

A solid foundation political science

It's easy to see why the founding fathers or inspired by this book. It provides a solid foundation on the rights and responsibilities of the citizens of a state.

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  • Ahmad
  • 25-08-2015

great book

the book was insightful and answers many questions swirling in my mind
yet the narrator was quite boring

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  • Prather
  • 12-11-2012

A classic

What did you love best about On the Social Contract?

Interesting to understand the philosophy.

Did Erik Sandval do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

A pretty dry read on the narrators part but clearly understood.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-12-2018

Old and Tired

He has a few good points, but quite a bit of unsubstantiated and irrational claims.

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  • Todd
  • 05-04-2018

Flawed concepts

Rousseau is factually incorrect regarding certain aspects of Roman society / culture. Anthropologists have discredited many of his assertions.

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