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The Social Contract, the General Will, and Institutions of Inequity - The Social Contract, the General Will, and Institutions of Inequity   Rousseau's The Social Contract set forth a view of government and society that challenged much of the established order (and even its "enlightened" challengers, the philosophes) by insisting that governments exist to serve the people, not the other way around, and that government derives its authority from the "general will" of the people-the desire for the common good. Two elements of European society in Rousseau's time, the rule of aristocracy and the capitalistic economical views of the bourgeoisie, were especially at odds with Rousseau's ideas of equality and social responsibility....   [tags: Social Contract Essays]
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The Social Contract and Its Impact on the Government - The Social Contract and Its Impact on the Government The “Social Contract” was a theory written in the 17th and 18th century. This theory argued four important main points. These main points said that the state existed to serve the will of the people, that people were the only source of government power, that the people were free to withhold power of the government, but also had the ability to give power to the government, and finally it stated that the ideas in this document limited government, individual rights, and popular sovereignty....   [tags: Social Contract John Lock Thomas Hobbes Essays] 1136 words
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The American Government is Retracting its Social Contract - Alexis de Tocqueville, a well- known critic of democratic participation in government institutions, stated in his book, Democracy in America, that volunteerism “prompts [Americans] to assist one another and inclines them willingly to sacrifice a portion of their time and property to the welfare of the state” (Tocqueville 507). Although many members of American society still subscribe to the idea that sacrificing a part of their lives ameliorates “the welfare of the state,” many critics of volunteerism insist that the responsibility of “the welfare of the state” lies within the United States government, and not individual members of American society....   [tags: America’s Damaged Social Contract]
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Force, Morality and Rights in Thomas Hobbes and John Locke's Social Contract Theories - Force, Morality and Rights in Thomas Hobbes and John Locke's Social Contract Theories Throughout history, the effects of the unequal distribution of power and justice within societies have become apparent through the failure of governments, resulting in the creation of theories regarding ways to balance the amount of power given and the way in which justice is enforced. Due to this need for change, Thomas Hobbes and John Locke created two separate theories in which the concept of a social contract is used to determine the ways in which a government can govern without forfeiting justice....   [tags: Social Contract Hobbes Locke Essays] 1630 words
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Conceptions of the Social Contract Theory - Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean Jacques Rousseau were political philosophers who formulated their own version of the social contract theory. The social contract theory is a treaty or an agreement that developed a set of laws, organized a functional society, and created the need to be governed. It was put into place when man realized that there was no law. Mankind eventually sought the desire for security and order. To receive security and order people shall voluntarily give up all their rights and freedoms and be obedient to some sort of authority....   [tags: political philosophy, socioeconomics]
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The Practicality of the Social Contract - I.) Introduction Society’s structure has been debated and contested as far back as ancient Greece. Since then, man has developed social systems that greatly differ from anything the ancients had in mind. One such system is the social contract theory, which first came to prominence around the time of the enlightenment. Simplified, social contractarians argued that in order to achieve a balanced and stable society, all of its members must sacrifice certain liberties to a government or similar authority....   [tags: Sociology, Society, Group, Family ] 2194 words
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Thomas Hobbes and the Social Contract - Thomas Hobbes was the first philosopher to connect the philosophical commitments to politics. He offers a distinctive definition to what man needs in life which is a successful means to a conclusion. He eloquently defines the social contract of man after defining the intentions of man. This paper will account for why Hobbes felt that man was inherently empowered to preserve life through all means necessary, and how he creates an authorization for an absolute sovereign authority to help keep peace and preserve life....   [tags: Political Philosophy Sociology]
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Ghana and the Social Contract - Aristotle rightly said that the family is the building block of the society and each family has its common values and preferences. Even though individuals may belong to the same family and society, they would have diverse opinions on what the society should be and where it should be headed. Even in the face of shared values by a society, there is another discriminant of individual’s value systems- their experiences. These experiences make them masters of themselves because they assume that their experiences are unique to only them and therefore these views should be recognized as valid....   [tags: aristotle, family, values, communities]
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Social Contract - Social Contract The quality of your individual life would greatly improve in utopia. The burdens you face from corporate monopolies, the overwhelming weight of the devaluation of your currency and the lack of faith in your neighbors to achieve a civilization of peace and mutual respect has taken its toll for too long. Although this sounds as if it was taken directly from George Orwell’s book (1984) itself, the propaganda of a utopian government rule and the current everlasting war breathes as it’s on self-reliant organization today....   [tags: Political Science]
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The Social Contract Between Teachers and Students: Problems with Education - Professor Jacob Neusner states that there exists a social contract between teacher and student, which is that true learning occurs when teachers teach students to teach themselves. In his article “What Does ‘Vocabulary’ Mean?”, Andrew Heinze asks what should professors at educational institutions do to accommodate the needs of students and address the problem with college students not comprehending basic vocabulary, and the impact this has on their performance in school. In order to address this education gap a few things need to be called to action and or either accomplished: attrition rate of teachers, parents of students need to become more involved in their children’s education, the lack...   [tags: Social Contracts, Education, USA, vocabulary, ]
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Social Contract Theory - The political world is one that impacts nearly every aspect of our day-to-day lives. Whether it be through its enforcement of laws, protection of the public, or use of taxpayer-raised monies to carry out its myriad tasks, the government makes a mark on its people. The actions of the government, while frequently ridiculed or vilified, are the result of the people themselves, operating within our system of government. So while many people may disapprove of the job Congress is doing or the direction the president is leading us in, the status quo remains the same....   [tags: politics, tax payers, public]
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John Rawls and the Social Contract - John Rawls and the Social Contract ABSTRACT. Adapting the traditional social contract approach of earlier years to a more contemporary use, John Rawls initiated an unparaleled revitalization of social philosophy. Instead of arguing for the justification of civil authority or the form that it should take, Professor Rawls is more interested in the principles that actuate basic social institutions —he presupposes authority and instead focuses on its animation. In short, Rawls argues that “justice as fairness” should be that basic animating principle....   [tags: Social Philosophy John Rawls Essays]
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Living Ethically Through a Social Contract - The framework of any society that people live in depends on how they live up to their social contracts. Some people normally end up breaking their social contracts by bribing or cheating. However, in some societies people are normally obliged to live by the social contracts of those around them as long as they continue to live with them (Smith, 2011, p. 4). For instance, in ancient Greece most people believed that the only method they could use to differentiate the consequences of their actions was through reasoning....   [tags: Morality/Ethics]
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The Radical Nature of Social Contract Theorists - ... Marx was accused of overthrowing private property and capitalism, and leading the proletariat to rebel. He is noted to have caused working class upheavals and political revolution. Karl Marx’s work was a disturbance to society, which is why he was labeled as a radical. During the same time that Marx wished to dismantle the social hierarchy, Charles Darwin introduces a theory in which no hierarchy exists. There are surprising similarities, among species with wholly different lifestyles. This puzzle motivated Darwin and he wanted to understand why organisms were so specialized, but also so similar....   [tags: Marx, Nietzsche, Darwin]
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Social Contract and The Divine Right Theory - Today’s democracy took centuries to create. It was not an easy process. It took a rebellion and a revolution by the English people from England who were displeased with the Divine Right Theory and the abuse by the kings. The Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, and the Declaration of Independence are three important concepts and documents that show us how we moved from the Divine Right Theory to a Social Contract. During the medieval period, the Divine Right Theory stood in place. The Divine Right Theory was a doctrine that stated that the king had his right to rule by God; questioning the king would be challenging God’s authority....   [tags: Revolution, Documents, Concepts] 905 words
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Natural Law, Rationality and the Social Contract - Each day, billions of people throughout the world affirm their commitment to a specific idea; to be part of a society. While this social contract is often overlooked by most citizens, their agreement to it nevertheless has far-reaching consequences. Being a member of society entails relinquishing self-autonomy to a higher authority, whose aim should be to promote the overall good of the populace. While making this decision to become part of a commonwealth is usually performed without explicit deliberation, there is a common consensus amongst philosophers that something unique to the human experience is the driving force behind this decision....   [tags: Philosophy, Sociology, Informative] 2087 words
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Health Care: Enforcing the Social Contract - Health care is an uprising issue today in the United States. I believe in order for health care or the medical field to succeed in the future that social contract should be enforced. By enforcing social contract, it will allow health care to be more efficient by allowing individuals to assume responsibility for their own healthy by having the ability to ensure health. According to The Enduring Democracy book, " from the philosophy of Jean- Jacques Rousseau, an agreement people make with one another to form a government and abide by its rules and laws, an in return the government promises to protect the people’s rights and welfare and promote their best interest"(Dautrich, 7)....   [tags: healthcare, medical field]
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau's The Social Contract - The problem is to find a form of association … in which each, while uniting himself with all, may still obey himself alone, and remain as free as before.’ Does Rousseau have a convincing solution to the problem he poses. The opening line of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's influential work 'The Social Contract' (1762), is 'man is born free, and he is everywhere in chains. Those who think themselves masters of others are indeed greater slaves than they'. These are not physical chains, but psychological and means that all men are constraints of the laws they are subjected to, and that they are forced into a false liberty, irrespective of class....   [tags: Sociology Essays]
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Thomas Hobbes' Social Contract Theory - Thomas Hobbes creates a clear idea of the social contract theory in which the social contract is a collective agreement where everyone in the state of nature comes together and sacrifices all their liberty in return to security. “In return, the State promises to exercise its absolute power to maintain a state of peace (by punishing deviants, etc.)” So are the power and the ability of the state making people obey to the laws or is there a wider context to this. I am going to look at the different factors to this argument including a wide range of critiques about Hobbes’ theory to see whether or not his theory is convincing reason for constantly obeying the law....   [tags: Leviathan Essays] 891 words
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Thomas Hobbes' Social Contract Theory - In Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes lays out the hypothetical principal of the state of nature, where human it-self is artificial. It is human nature that people will not be able to love permanently, everyone against everyone power between the strongest. In this nation-state you must be the strongest in order to survive (survival of the fittest). In order to survive there are laws we must follow, to insure of our security because of fear. We were able to suppress our fear, by creating order, to have more order; we must have security, so the social contract appeared....   [tags: Leviathan Essays] 971 words
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What is the Function of a Social Contract? - What is the Function of a Social Contract. Philosophers have been concerned with the theories of a social contract for thousands of years. Plato mentions the concept in Crito and in Republic. These theories have stemmed from the concept of justice and for our society to be just. I will look at the works of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean Jacques Rousseau and finally with John Rawls after which a overall view into the function of a social contract can be derived as well as any problems with the theory(s)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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General Will and Rousseau's Social Contract - When Jean Jacques Rousseau wrote the Social Contract, the concepts of liberty and freedom were not new ideas. Many political theorists such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke had already developed their own interpretations of liberty, and in fact Locke had already published his views on the social contract. What Rousseau did was to revolutionize the concepts encompassed by such weighty words, and introduce us to another approach to the social contract dilemma. What would bring man to leave the state of nature, and enter into an organized society....   [tags: Papers Politics Rousseau] 1787 words
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Evolution and the Modern Social Contract Theory : Essay Outline - The Emergence of the Modern Social Contract Theory Essay Outline POLS 14033 – Political Ideas and Ideologies The Emergence of the Modern Social Contract Theory Essay Question: Firstly, in this essay, we will describe and analyze the various concepts of the evolution and emergence of the modern social contract theory thru the analysis of several of its key political thinkers. We will provide a detailed review of the concepts that have developed and that were crucial for the emergence and evolution of this theory including the questions of the origin of society and the legitimacy of the authority of the state over the individuals....   [tags: Politics, Thinkers, Bibliography] 1038 words
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The Social Contract Theory: Hobbes, Locke & Rousseau - The Social Contract is an attempt to explain the reason why individuals agree to form organized governments. The idea that a person is willing to abandon the freedoms previously enjoyed under the State of Nature in which no government interfered with their pursuits, are believed to correspond to the individual’s attempt to protect what is on their best interest. Under this condition, moral and political obligations are dependent upon a contract or agreement among the people to form the society in which they live. Philosophers who advocated the Social Contract Theory believed that because individuals existed before the government did, governments arose exclusively to meet and satisfy the s...   [tags: Political Philosophy Sociology]
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Coexistence of Equality and Inequality under the Social Contract - Political theories abound, considering many parts of society and the body politic. John Locke was one of the first to expound on the origins of property, and sixty-six years later Jean-Jacques Rousseau would also address the issues of property and inequality. According to Locke and Rousseau, the social contract is sanctioned by formal equalities yet creates or gives way to inequalities after it is formed. Though Locke would argue that inequalities in the private sphere don’t fall under the jurisdiction of the government, Rousseau would say justice gets deformed through inequality....   [tags: Locke, Russeau, property, equal governance]
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Questionaire: Jean- Jacques Rousseau and The Social Contract - Ques: “The problem is to find a form of association… in which each, while uniting himself with all, may still obey himself alone, and remain as free as before.” Does Rousseau have a convincing solution to the problem he poses. In the 1700’s Jean- Jacques Rousseau wrote The Social Contract. During this time, the social contract was fairly new theory. It stated in order to have a democracy laws were needed which caused everyone to give up some rights in order to do so. Rousseau makes a convincing solution to the problem of being able to be free while united with everyone else through his philosophy on how the social contract works....   [tags: equality, power, association]
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The Social Contract Theory - The social contract was first discussed by Thomas Hobbes. Hobbes was the foremost British philosopher of the 17th century. Hobbes explained what he called “the state of nature.” Now, to understand the state of nature, you first need to think of what life would be like if there were no way to enforce social rules, if there were no laws, police, or courts. This is what the state of nature would be. Everybody needs the same basic things, but because there are not enough of them to go around, everybody would end up competing for them....   [tags: Sociology Essays 2014]
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Liberalism and Social Contract - Liberalism and Social Contract Charles Larmore speaks of moral complexity as it exists in a pluralistic sense. The idea of pluralism says that each and every person has their own separate conception of the good as it appears to them. It is I virtually impossible to have to separate entities come up with the same exact concept of the “Good Life” and what it holds for them. As there are these conflicts ideals that exist in each of us it is possible for our conception of the good to come under attack from competing concepts that are held by others around us....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Thomas Hobbes and the Social Theory Contract - ... That government has a series of purposes. Thomas Hobbes theorized that in the state of human nature, there would be no laws and rights would go unprotected until the Leviathan or the autocratic leader took control. Hobbes thought people needed to live in fear and be fearful of what would happen if they violated other’s rights. Hobbes and other theorist developed their theories during the Age of Enlightenment. Hobbes was challenging the power structure of that time period. The idea of natural rights requires that they be protected; this was the Social Contract Theory....   [tags: declaration of independence, hamilton] 586 words
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social contract - "The current federal system of government in the United States is failing to meet its social contract obligations to the American people." There is nothing closer to the truth than this statement. While some may argue that the government is following the guidelines of a social contract, many aspects of the government have outgrown their britches and taken over. With over fifteen thousand jobs up for the taking in the government it is hard to believe that the government comprised in the 18th century is the same as the one we have now....   [tags: essays research papers] 884 words
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The Maze Runner and Fast Food Nation - After reading The Maze Runner and Fast Food Nation, I have learned a lot about the dynamics and importance of government and the fast food industry. Social contract and the ideas of Locke and Hobbes both relate to the two books and how government and corporations work hand in hand. The importance of addressing issues as they happen, instead of sweeping them under the rug or making small changes is another thing that was addressed in both book, both directly and indirectly. The Maze Runner “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner is the first in a young adult dystopian science fiction trilogy....   [tags: Social Contract]
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Rousseau Social Contract - Rousseau Social Contract The social pact comes down to this; “Each one of us puts into the community his person and all his powers under the supreme direction of the general will; and as a body, we incorporate every member as an indivisible part of the whole (Rousseau: 61)”. The general will can itself direct the forces of the state with the intention of the whole’s primary goal - which is the common good. The general will does not allow private opinions to prevail. The union of the people, in its passive role is known as the State and is referred to as the Sovereign in its active state....   [tags: Natural Rights Equality Rousseau Essays] 1543 words
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Social Contract Essay - The purpose of a Social Contract is to keep society in order. Ways of keeping society in order are human rights, the constitution, police departments, and education in which all contributes in having a progressing society. Human rights have to be protected which are the first 13 or 14 amendments that’s states people’s rights. If humans didn’t have any rights of their own we would feel enslaved due to that we have no freedom. The Constitution contains laws that every human being has to follow unless if you live somewhere else other than the U.S....   [tags: essays research papers] 1186 words
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Brian Skyrms? Evolution of the Social Contract - Skyrms’ book, Evolution of the Social Contract, offers a compelling explanation as to why individuals, when placed with one-shot prisoner’s dilemmas, will often cooperate, or choose the equilibrium that will benefit both parties equally. He uses examples to outline how individuals of certain environments frequently engage in activities that benefit the group at their own personal expense. Using both game theory and decision theory, Skyrms explores problems with the social contract when it is applied to evolutionary dynamics....   [tags: essays research papers] 1637 words
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Social Contract Theory and Cultural Relativism - Thomas Hobbes’s social contract theory is minimally related to that of cultural relativism. Both deal with human nature and the search for peace. But while cultural relativism is in some ways a noteworthy theory, the social contract theory is the only one of the two that could logically work in an active environment. Cultural relativism theorizes that the best way for different societies to function together at peace is for them to recognize that each culture must be allowed its own system of beliefs....   [tags: Sociology Essays 2014]
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America’s Broken Social Contract - From traditional society to modern society, America has managed to end up with a part employer-based and part government-based system. What does this mean. It simply means that American employers provide healthcare and pension plans to most workers, and the government provides Social Security, which is public pension, and Medicaid and Medicare, which is health care for the poor and elderly (Haltstead and Lind 66). This might seem like a good idea, but in fact it has lead to many problems that must be resolved quickly....   [tags: Sociology Essays 2014]
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Thomas Hobbes and John Locke's Varying Presentations of the Social Contract Theory - Both Thomas Hobbes and John Locke are well-known political philosophers and social contract theorists. Social Contract Theory is, “the hypothesis that one’s moral obligations are dependent upon an implicit agreement between individuals to form a society.” (IEP, Friend). Both Hobbes and Locke are primarily known for their works concerning political philosophy, namely Hobbes’ Leviathan and Locke’s Two Treatise of Government. Both works contain a different view of a State of Nature and lay out social contracts designed to neutralize the chaos inherent in that state....   [tags: nature, representation, government] 1505 words
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The United States Government's Failure to Uphold the Country's Social Contract - The government of the United States has not been able to hold up their part of the country’s social contract. Life of the freedmen, the Women’s Movement, and The Road to World War II are all proof of this thesis. All of those periods are evidence of injustice and cruelty. The sad thing is that most of this still goes on today in some way, shape, or form. I would say that whoever created this contract would not be pleased with what our country has turned out to be. One very obvious period that proves that America didn’t follow its social contract is the “Life of Freedmen”....   [tags: American History, civil rights, ] 695 words
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Social Contract Theory: Natural Rights and Personhood Within Democracy - Personhood is a central issue within ethics and natural rights debates. For any theory of ethics or system of declaring natural rights which purports how man should be treated and/or to what rights he is so entitled must begin with what ‘man’ is. There is no doubt man has an inherent value that entities such as flies and trees lack. This value does not come from mere physical form, but from what comprises personhood; because these things can be separated from our physical form they can fail to be developed or instantiated within man’s physical form....   [tags: ethics, human nature] 1397 words
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John Locke's Social Contract and Natural Rights Argument in Relation to Free Will - John Locke’s Social Contract and Natural Rights Argument in Relation to Free Will One of the most significant philosophical and political issues for humanity is the conflict of freedom and security. This is often referred to as a balance between the two. This issue has been prevalent for as long as we have had society. In this paper I will discuss some of the theories of the 17th century English philosopher John Locke in his Second Treatise of Government and how they apply to this situation. I plan to then relate his arguments to the problem of free will....   [tags: phylosophical and political issues, freedom, ]
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Social Contract Theory and the Nature of Society, Rules and Morality - Social Contract Theory and the Nature of Society, Rules and Morality Social contract theory is a philosophy about the nature of morality and the origins of society. Its adherents believe “social organization rests on a contract or compact which the people have made among themselves” (Reese, 533). This concept was first articulated by the Sophists, who said societies are not natural occurrences but rather the result of a consensus of people (Reese 533). Plato expresses these ideas in The Republic when he says that society is created to meet human needs (Encyclopedia 1)....   [tags: Philosophy Essays]
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The Social Contract Tradition: Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau - The Social Contract Tradition: Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau ABSTRACT: The classical contract tradition of Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau have enjoyed such fame and acceptance as being basic to the development of liberal democratic theory and practice that it would be heretical for any scholar, especially one from the fringes, to critique. But the contract tradition poses challenges that must be given the flux in the contemporary socio-political universe that at once impels extreme nationalism and unavoidable globalism....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Papers]
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Comparing Hobbes and Locke's Versions of the Social Contract - Comparing Hobbes and Locke's Versions of the Social Contract Thomas Hobbes, author of Leviathan, claims that peace and unity can best be achieved by setting up a society by having humans agree to a covenant (Hobbes: Ch.18 pg.548). A sovereign who is in charge of protecting the society or state rules Hobbes’s society. In his introduction, Hobbes describes this commonwealth as an "artificial person" and as a body politic that mimics the human body. Hobbes portrays the state as a gigantic human form built out of the bodies of its members, the sovereign as its head (Hobbes: Introduction pg.492)....   [tags: Politics Philosophy Sociology] 1344 words
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Rousseau’s Social Contract - Rousseau’s political theory revolves around a central idea that in order to deal with moral or political inequality (“social” inequality), man must move out of the state of nature and establish a social contract, “a form of association which defends and protects… the person and goods of each associate, and by the means of which each one, while uniting with all, nevertheless obeys only himself and remains as free as before” (Rousseau 432). Although Rousseau’s plan pledges to protect individual liberty, the plan rests on the legislation of the “general will” and the successful unity of a “body politic,” both of which are vaguely defined and become too concerned with state interest....   [tags: Sociology Essays 2014]
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The Role of Government in Allocating Rights and Duties - One of the most prominent philosophers of the past century, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, in his extraordinary 1943 novel The Little Prince, wrote, “‘it is a question of discipline,’ the little prince told me later on. ‘When you have finished washing and dressing each morning, you must tend your planet’.” This implies that, despite the little prince has unrestricted natural freedom; he still must accept responsibilities in order to maintain harmony with the habitat. Hence, a citizen should comply with social duties in order to sustain compatibility and balance with the society, and personal liberty cannot grow beyond personal responsibility....   [tags: Social Contract, Harmony] 891 words
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The Pros and Cons of Democracy - What is democracy, and what are the benefits and disadvantages of it. This paper will focus primarily on three essays: The Social Contract by John Locke, Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau, and The Democratic Age by Fareed Zakaria. Each essay chosen is similar because each discusses what the advantages and disadvantages of free society are. The Social Contract primarily focuses on 17th century liberalism and expounds on Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathin. Locke gives the vision of mankind living in a state of anarchy before formal government was established....   [tags: The Social Contract, Civil Disobedience] 1500 words
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State of Nature and Freedom: Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes - State of Nature and Freedom In the Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes places limits on the freedom of individuals in the social contract, as well as individuals in the state of nature. Hobbes writes that in the state nature, “the liberty each man hath to use his own power as he will himself for the preservation of his own nature; doing anything which, in his own judgement and reason, he shall conceive to be the aptest means there unto” (ch. 14, ¶1). An individual’s will is only free when there is no extraneous obstacles and his rapacious disposition and self preservation will be guided by his reason....   [tags: social contract, liberty] 1437 words
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Criminal Justice System: Classical School Theory - In this paper I will discuss a major theory that has helped shape our criminal justice system today and how it came about. There are multiple major theories that made the criminal justice system what it is today, but I will only be discussing one theory and the theory that I will be covering in this paper is the classical school theory. I chose this theory because I believe that people have a choice to decide what they do. That also plays a part in the criminal activities that they participate in as well....   [tags: social contract, penalties, free will]
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Jean Jacques Rousseau on Liberalism - Rousseau had many ideas about how society as a whole should work. His main ideas involve man requiring freedom. With this freedom we theoretically will not compare ourselves to one another, or strive towards being better than others. His other main ideas include the general will and the idea of a collective sovereignty. These suggest that society and government should please the general will and work together as a cohesive unit. Rousseau has several famous books, one of which is The Social Contract....   [tags: The Social Contract, philosophical analysis]
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John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government and Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Social Contract - The Enlightenment was an astonishing time of transformation in Europe. During this time in the eighteenth century there was a progressive movement that was labeled by its criticism of the normal religious, social, and political perceptions. A number of significant thinkers, with new philosophies, had inspired creativeness and change. These thinkers had many different thoughts and views on people and the way they act, and views on the government. Two well-known and most influential thinkers of this time were the English political philosopher John Locke and the French political philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau....   [tags: The Enlightenment, Political Philosophy] 1125 words
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Jefferson and Locke - Jefferson and Locke “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," (Jefferson) is arguably the most famous quote from the Declaration of Independence but the more educated would know that Thomas Jefferson most likely plagiarized that from John Locke, who said, “All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.” It is without a doubt that John Locke’s philosophy during the Age of Enlightenment had influenced Thomas Jefferson when he was writing the Declaration of Independence....   [tags: Influence, Social Contract] 898 words
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Thomas Hobbes State of Nature - ... Basing his argument on a Deist perspective, Locke believed that the state of nature is a more peaceful community, where people were governed by a Natural Law set forth by a Creator. One such natural law is the ability to reason, but a much more different view of it than Hobbes’. Locke believed that reason is what tells those in the natural state not to murder or offend anyone’s right to life, liberty and property. John Locke stated that this Natural right is inalienable, meaning that it becomes a great injustice to violate it....   [tags: social, contract, war, ruler, rights] 1138 words
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John Locke: Social Contract Chapters 6-8 - In the beginning of the Second Treatise, Locke lays out his theme of his political theory, which is in order to preserve the public good, the main function of government is the protection of private property. Each individual is created equal and has the liberty to act as they want without any interference from any other individual. The one thing that prevents this system from chaos is that every human has the capability of reason. Chapter VI Of Parental Power Locke begins Chapter VI by saying that the power of parents does not lie entirely with the father, that the mother has a role in raising a child....   [tags: Politics] 543 words
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The Moral Questions - Moral obligations to one another should be simple and straight forward. However, issues such as abortion, gay marriage rights, healthcare for all, affirmative action and other social issues (questions) in general are debated back and forth between intellects like ping pong ball in a table tennis game. As it turns out it is not easy. In a pluralistic society like that of the United States, deciding what is moral can potentially go in two-hundred million different directions. So how are the moral questions decided....   [tags: Rawls, government, morality, social contract]
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Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau have very different views on the social contract largely based on their fundamental views of the state of nature in humanity. These basic views of natural human nature cause Hobbes and Rousseau to have views on opposite sides of the spectrum, based on two controversial speculations, that human is inherently good or that human is inherently inclined towards egotism and perpetual insecurity. Due to his belief that they are of this nature, Hobbes viewed an all-powerful sovereign of a rather totalarianistic nature to be necessary....   [tags: The Social Contract 2014]
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What is Race? A Naked Endorsement Versus Informal Existence - The presence of a social contract and a racial contract throughout a vast majority of history is undisputable; however, the ways within which these two unwritten, but understood, contracts have been presented or explained can be seen as a fluid process. Therefore, In Charles Mill’s The Racial Contract he contrasts two eras where the Racial Contract is seen as ever-changing, but not necessarily for positive progress. The first of these periods is referred to as one that is “the epoch of the European conquest, African slavery, and European colonialism, overt white racial self-identification, and the largely undisputed hegemony of racist theories.” Then, the second of these two eras is expres...   [tags: contract, social, society]
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Capitalism and Proletariats - Critiques of social contract theories abound, even including criticisms from social contract theorists themselves, such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau. John Locke’s social contract theory remains one of the prominent theories to this day, and includes the idea that a thing owned in common can be obtained by adding one’s labor to it. Critics of social contract theories aren’t simply seeking to negate the theories of social contract theories, but in many cases are seeking to enhance them and show how they can be applied to certain principles....   [tags: Karl Marx, social contract, Hegel, John Locke]
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Jean-Jacques Rousseau had a theory of human nature that differed from all others. The way we started, grew as a society, and live now, are totally different than what we have already learned this semester. He thought of what is called a Social Contract Theory. This theory will be discussed in this paper, especially in the aspects of personal freedom, the role of the intellect, human social and/or spiritual relations, and the nature of the self. How much personal freedom does a person have. Well, Rousseau would say that humans do have personal freedom, but that freedom is hard to keep....   [tags: Social Contract Theory] 950 words
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Why is the Psychological Contract Important to the Organization? - Human resource management plays an important role in the organisation. It not only helps the employer evaluate employee accurately but also contribute to the firm’s development. Hence, the appearance of psychological contract is one of the most effective tools to help the organisation improve their HRM issues. However, it also has some challenges for the manager to overcome. Therefore, the main aim of this essay is to analyse the importance of the psychological contract in many aspects and support more evidences and experiences to support employers’ view in managing people....   [tags: Psychological Contract Research Paper]
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The Psychological Contract - Introduction The Psychological Contract is an increasingly relevant aspect of workplace relationships and human behavior. This essay will provide a basic definition of psychological policy, explain and analyze the role of the psychological control in managing human resources by different perspectives from people involved. Moreover, it will point out issues with the Raffles merger, address these issues and detail how it strengthens the contract in the Raffles merger by three inter-related human resource polices....   [tags: human resource management]
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