Rousseau"s response to Hobbes
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Rousseau"s response to Hobbes Howard R. Cell and James I. MacAdam. by Howard R. Cell

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Published by P. Lang in New York .
Written in English


  • Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778.,
  • Hobbes, Thomas, 1588-1679.

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Includes bibliographies.

SeriesAmerican university studies., v. 37
ContributionsMacAdam, Jim.
LC ClassificationsJC179.R9 C43 1988
The Physical Object
Paginationxii, 271 p. ;
Number of Pages271
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL2398821M
ISBN 100820404748
LC Control Number87028793

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