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1685 is a > bibliographic resource
1679 title > The Social Contract Or Principles Of Political Right
1680 title > Du Contrat Social ou Principes du Droit Politique
1681 creator (jur.) > Jean Jacques Rousseau
1683 description >

The social contract in short:

  1. In the state of nature there is no obligation. Without obligations there is no responsibility. Therefore the only property any individual has is self-ownership. But there is no safety for this either.
  2. The only difference to the state of society is that each individual closes a first contract. The social contract.
  3. From this contract derive rights and obligations wrt. others. However the purpose of the contract is mutual beneficial. Since there where no receiver left to get anything in return, no such contract can transfer said first property. Therefore the contract can only impose reasonable obligations, can be terminated by the individual and the person must gain a benefit from the obligations the others signed.
2591 alternative > "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." Benjamin Franklin, "Pennsylvania Assembly: Reply to the Governor", November 11, 1755; as cited in The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, vol. 6, p. 242, Leonard W. Labaree, ed. (1963)
1682 created > 1762
1684 see URL > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Social_Contract