The Social Contract - Book 1, Part 2 Summary & Analysis

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Book 1, Part 2 Summary and Analysis

Chapter 5, "That We Must Always Go Back to a First Convention"

The author begins the next stage of his analysis by examining the ways in which leaders of the state are given power and authority over others. He suggests first that "the power of deciding for the whole body can only be established by a convention, and proves that there must have been unanimity at one time at least." It should be understood here that convention does not describe a gathering of individuals, but rather a generalized rule, way of communicating, or way of conducting affairs.

Chapter 6, "Of the Social Compact"

The author then describes how it becomes necessary for a Social Contract (convention), to be developed. "The strength of each individual," he suggests, "is insufficient to overcome the resistance of the obstacles to his preservation." In other words...

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