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  • Hobbes's Concept Of The Social Contract
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    "Social Contract, agreement by which human beings are said to have abandoned the "state of nature" in order to form the society in which they now live. HOBBES, LOCKE, and J.J. ROUSSEAU each developed differing versions of the social contract, but all agreed that certain freedoms had been surrendered for society's protection and that the government has definite responsibilities to its citizens. Similar ideas were used in the 18th cent. as justification for both the American and the French revolut...
  • Social Responsibility Of Business
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    Introduction: State and describe the ethical issue, defining terms and explaining why this is an ethical problem. The topic for this paper is the social responsibility of business. There are many different areas of this topic and they are constantly debated as to whether they are ethical or not. The issue that is to be looked at here is whether or not companies should be required to make charitable contributions either externally to society or internally within the company. These two domains are...
  • Hobbes Social Contract Theory Thomas Hobbes
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    Hobbes Social Contract Theory Thomas Hobbes starts his argument by discussing the nature of mankind. One man can be better in something than another man, but in the end their positive and negative qualities add up to make them equal. This equality brings fear to men. They begin to suspect and hate one another, which brings them to war. When men are at war; morality, values and injustice vanish. The lack of a central governing system allows men to act according to their understanding. Hobbes stat...
  • Citizens By The Social Contract
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    Different schools of thought have generated arguments since the beginning of civilization. They represent different perspectives of every part of life, whether its religion or politics. The realist school and the humanist perspectives offer people different views in many different aspects. The realist school is based on the thought that human nature is not perfectible. Human nature is viewed as evil and something that cannot be trusted or counted on. In order to have a successful society the cit...
  • Rousseau's Social Contract
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    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...
  • Theories Of A Social Contract
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    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 t...
  • Implicit Agreement Of The Social Contract
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    Taxation, the government acquisition of property from the individual has mixed support in any Western democratic system. To make its way into the good will of the majority, taxation has surrounded itself with doctrines of justification. No law which lacks public approval or acquiescence is enforceable, and to gain such support it must address itself to our sense of correctness. This is particularly necessary for statutes authorizing the taking of private property. Sometimes depicted as 'theft' b...
  • Support Hobbes Version Of The Social Contract
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    The purpose of this paper is to interpret and support Hobbes' version of the social contract. I will support Hobbes' version of the social contract based upon the opinion that it seems logical in that men are, by nature, egocentric. Humans spend their lives looking for what makes them happiest, this includes charity works. Those who do such acts, in the end, feel better about themselves and therefore, it feeds their egos. In other words, socialization among men is for purposes of personal benefi...
  • Freedom And Equality In The Body
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    Jean Jacques Rousseau a French philosopher and theorist, has had an effect on societies of in the past by his expression of general will. In the general will freedom and equality are presupposed. Governments of the past and present have had Rousseau content. Freedom and equality have presupposed each other by way of the general will and compelled obedience. Freedom and equality are used in todays society although Rousseau would have some criticism to share with the founders of our government ide...
  • Lost Some Individual Freedom
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    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) Perhaps one of the single most important Enlightenment writers was the philosopher-novelist-composer-music theorist-language theorist Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), not merely for his ideas (which generally recycled older Enlightenment idea) but for his passionate rhetoric which inflamed a generation. The central problem he stared down most of his life he sums up in the first sentence of his most famous work, The Social Contract: "Man is born free but everyw...
  • Rousseau's Social Contract
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    Rousseau was born in Geneva, the son of a watchmaker. His mother died shortly after his birth, and his aunt and uncle raised him. At 16 he set out on into the world which brought him into contact with Louise de Wares, who became his patron and later his lover. She arranged for his trip to Turin, where he became a Roman Catholic convert. After serving as a footman in a powerful family, he left Turin and spent most of the next dozen years at Cham b ry, In 1742 he went to Paris to make his fortune ...
  • Mother Embryo Pregnancy Contract
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    Sam Vaknin's Psychology, Philosophy, Economics and Foreign Affairs Web Sites The issue of abortion is emotionally loaded and this often makes for poor, not thoroughly thought out arguments. The questions: "Is abortion immoral" and "Is abortion a murder" are often confused. The pregnancy (and the resulting foetus) are discussed in terms normally reserved to natural catastrophes (force majeure, in legal lingo). At times, the embryo is compared to cancer: after all, they are both growths, clusters ...
  • Acceptable Social Contract
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    Poly-Sci 1 Market values play a significant role in government policy and can have a dramatic affect on all citizens. Because the overall goal of capitalism is in conflict with that of democracy, historically we have had to struggle to maintain an acceptable social contract. I believe it has been through the relative balance between democratic goals, and capitalistic goals that the United States has been able to achieve the degree of social stability which has occurred. I further believe that an...
  • Rousseau's Theory Of The Social Contract
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    1. Discovering What Matters Rousseau's idea for the social contract is constructed from the bottom up, each section serving as a building block helping to create a firm foundation for his theory. I like this analogy and will use it, even though I disagree with his very foundation and yet have to appreciate the theory of the social contract in its entirety. Rousseau believes that in a state of nature, men are born good, and it is society that corrupts that goodness. I completely disagree; it is p...

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