Contemporary Approaches to the Social Contract

[Revised entry by Fred D'Agostino, Gerald Gaus, and John Thrasher on May 31, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The idea of the social contract goes back at least to Epicurus (Thrasher
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[Revised entry by Fred D'Agostino, Gerald Gaus, and John Thrasher on May 31, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The idea of the social contract goes back at least to Epicurus (Thrasher 2013). In its recognizably modern form, however, the idea is revived by Thomas Hobbes; it was developed in different ways by John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Immanuel Kant. After Kant, the idea largely fell into disrepute until it was resurrected by John Rawls. It is now at the heart of the work of a number of moral and political philosophers....

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