Social contract in political philosophy an actual or hypothetical compact or agreement between the ruled and their rulers defining the rights and duties of each in primeval times according to the theory individuals were born into an anarchic state of nature which was happy or unhappy according to the particular version. Social contract theory the social contract model provides an acceptable reasonable and influential ground for political obligation in citizenship and constituted authority relationship the model has a long history it may be difficult to pin social contract tradition to a particular era in political history the history. Humanities issues the social contract as with many philosophical ideas behind the political theory the social contract has inspired various forms and interpretations and has been evoked by many different groups throughout american history historians also have linked social contract theories to pivotal social movements such as . 1 the role of the social contract 11 distinctiveness of the social contract approach the aim of a social contract theory is to show that members of some society have reason to endorse and comply with the fundamental social rules laws institutions and or principles of that society
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