' ... both original and stimulating ... solidly constructed and marked by a truly impressive grasp of Rousseau's elusive thought ... The excellence of this book is undeniable ... deserves the widest possible attention.' American Historical Review
This book, first published in 1969, is widely regarded as one of the best studies of Rousseau's thought in any language. In it, Professor Shklar examines Rousseau's central concern: given that modern civilisation is intolerable and a return to the state of nature impossible, how is man to arrange his existence in society?