Comments on the theory of the social contract?教育阿特拉斯大學
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Comments on the theory of the social contract?

Comments on the theory of the social contract?

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January 31, 2024

Question: Comments on the theory of the social contract?

Answer: That’s a deep and complicated question. I would say, I like social contract theory as part of political theory because it does capture an important aspect of morality-based politics, which is the informed consent of the governed. And certainly, in historical times when we get back to the beginnings of the modern world, the idea of the consent of the governed was just not part of traditional political theory.

Instead, you were a subject. You were expected to obey higher authority. So, I think the emphasis on that historically has been a useful corrective. At the same time, consent is only part of the story because we know people can consent to all kinds of crazy things in subjectivist fashion; and a full theory has to have not only consent, but consenting to things that are in fact, objectively good.

If we all consented to sell ourselves into slavery, those would not be valid contracts. If we all consented to engage in a battle royale where we’re just going to try to kill each other off, that would not be a valid contract. So, it has to be objectively good principles that we understand and consent to. That’s what the full theory has to consist of.

Stephen Hicks Ph.D.
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Stephen Hicks Ph.D.

Stephen R. C. Hicks博士是羅克福德大學哲學教授,倫理與創業中心執行主任,阿特拉斯學會高級學者。

他是《推理的藝術:邏輯分析讀物》(W. W. Norton & Co.,1998)、《解釋後現代主義:從盧梭到福柯的懷疑主義和社會主義》(Scholargy,2004)、《尼采與納粹》(奧卡姆剃刀,2010)、《創業生活》(CEEF,2016)、《自由主義的利弊》(康納·考特,2020)、《藝術:現代、後現代和超越》(與邁克爾·紐伯里合著,2021)和《八大教育哲學》的作者 (2022). 他曾在《商業道德季刊》、《形而上學評論》和《華爾街日報》上發表文章。他的著作已被翻譯成20種語言。

他曾是華盛頓特區喬治城大學商業倫理客座教授,俄亥俄州鮑靈格林社會哲學與政策中心客座研究員,波蘭卡西米爾大帝大學客座教授,英國牛津大學哈裡斯曼徹斯特學院客座研究員和波蘭雅蓋隆大學客座教授。

他的學士和碩士學位來自加拿大圭爾夫大學。他的哲學博士學位來自美國布盧明頓的印第安那大學。

2010年,他獲得了所在大學的卓越教學獎。

他的 開放學院播客系列 由多倫多的可能正確的製作公司出版。他的視頻講座和採訪在 CEE視頻頻道在線,他的網站 StephenHicks.org。  


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