Contractarianism

[Revised entry by Ann Cudd and Seena Eftekhari on March 15, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] "Contractarianism" names both a political theory of the legitimacy of political authority and
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[Revised entry by Ann Cudd and Seena Eftekhari on March 15, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] "Contractarianism" names both a political theory of the legitimacy of political authority and a moral theory about the origin or legitimate content of moral norms. The political theory of authority claims that legitimate authority of government must derive from the consent of the governed, where the form and content of this consent derives from the idea of contract or mutual agreement. The moral theory of contractarianism claims that moral norms derive their normative force from the idea of contract or mutual agreement....

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