ABSTRACT

One would be hard pressed to find another thinker who has presented his political philosophy in as dense and compact a fashion as Rousseau does with the Social Contract. This classic work, unlike any work of Plato or Mill or Marx, not only discusses the perennial questions and goals of man’s political existence but presents the political system for their realisation, all in one short work. The very density of the manuscript contributes to the difficulty in comprehending and evaluating Rousseau.