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Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778). Social Contract & Discourses. 1913.

The Social Contract or Principles of Political Right


  • Fœderis æquas
  • Dicamus leges. (Vergil, Æneid XI.)

  • THIS little treatise is part of a longer work which I began years ago without realising my limitations, and long since abandoned. Of the various fragments that might have been extracted from what I wrote, this is the most considerable, and, I think, the least unworthy of being offered to the public. The rest no longer exists.