Defects of Rousseau’s Social Contract Theory:
The following are the main defects of Rousseau’s Social Contract Theory:
1. Natural state – imaginary:
The natural state, which Rousseau portrays, is not in accordance with evidence of history, rather it is imaginary. It has been made clear by historical research that was not peaceful in natural state.
2. Mutually contradictory:
According to Rousseau, the contract is inked between personal and social aspects of the individual, when there was no society, then where did the social side come from.
3. Supportive of Imperialism:
Rousseau’s General Will hints at dictatorship, which is not proper. Under such an administration, there is a possibility of oppression towards the people.
4. Dual State of an individual:
Rousseau provides dual personality to the ruler. Besides being a sovereign, he is also order complaint. This makes the position of the sovereign untenable.