Rousseau's Social Contract: An Introduction

2015.04.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Lay Bertram, Rousseau's Social Contract: An Introduction, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 311pp., $29.99 (pbk), ISBN
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2015.04.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Lay Bertram, Rousseau's Social Contract: An Introduction, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 311pp., $29.99 (pbk), ISBN 9780521124447. Reviewed by Christopher Bertram, University of Bristol David Lay Williams's book is the latest addition to the enormous and varied literature on the Social Contract, and it is a very fine contribution. It offers the novice a secure companion to the original text, and it gives those already familiar with Rousseau an insightful interpretation that can sit alongside others. As such it is highly recommended. After a useful placing of Rousseau in his intellectual and historical context, Williams provides the reader with a chapter-by-chapter commentary, clarifying issues that will be obscure to a modern reader and signposting problems and disagreements with interpretation. He concludes with two appendices: the first giving a more synoptic account of the general will than. . .

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