social contract

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social contract

A usually implicit agreement among the members of an organized society or between the governed and the government defining and limiting the rights and duties of each.

social contract


social compact

(Philosophy) (in the theories of Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, and others) an agreement, entered into by individuals, that results in the formation of the state or of organized society, the prime motive being the desire for protection, which entails the surrender of some or all personal liberties

so′cial con′tract

the agreement among individuals by which society becomes organized and invested with the right to secure mutual protection and welfare.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: contract - an implicit agreement among people that results in the organization of society; individual surrenders liberty in return for protection
accord, agreement - harmony of people's opinions or actions or characters; "the two parties were in agreement"
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The SOCIAL CONTRACT founded upon this basis will be a perpetual pact between those who have and those who have not.
How these roots acquired their meanings is not known, but a conventional origin is clearly just as mythical as the social contract by which Hobbes and Rousseau supposed civil government to have been established.
It is not only for newcomers to the Social Contract but also for scholars who want to appreciate the nuances of the work as well as its significant place in political theory.
00), The Social Contract is the unabridged audiobook reading of the classic treatise about the concept of human freedom in the context of political structures, originally penned by Genevan philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778).
Since Turkey failed to create a social contract during the last century, hope for conciliation between the secular and religious Turks is in vain.
The minister stressed the government's commitment to activate the social contract signed on January 14, 2013 on the creation of a national council of social dialogue.
Socrates, choosing to go to his death rather than violate the laws of Athens, justified the choice by noting that these same laws had protected him all has life; it was an eloquent expression of the social contract over 2,000 years before the term was even coined.
He announces early on that his argument is not based on a comprehensive moral or political theory such as utilitarianism or Kantian deontology or Rawlsian social contract theory.
Government] support cannot go on forever, which underlines why the Social Contract for banks must be redrawn.
He called on the rival political factions to engage in a frank dialogue and strike a new social contract based on the power-sharing National Pact set up by the Christians and Muslims in 1943 following Lebanon's independence from France.
He also discusses how social media can unleash emotion and create illogical leaps; the role of certainty and minimizing choice; how signs, symbols, and iconography shape social contracts and create movements; how breaking a social contract can be terminal to a movement or person; and creating a culture shift that draws on these elements.
Citizens have resisted tax compliance due to their lack of confidence in the state, but now trust in a new, fairer and inclusive social contract slowly being built by democratic governments--trust which strengthens as the quality and quantity of services in health, education and social assistance are increased.