Single Idea 22809

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / B. Nature of a State / 2. State Legitimacy / c. Social contract]

Full Idea

The social contract theory …has a vision of society as in some sense constituted by individuals for the fulfilment of ends which are primarily individual.

Gist of Idea

The social contract sees society as constituted by and for individuals


Charles Taylor (Atomism [1979], p.29)

Book Reference

'Communitarianism and Individualism', ed/tr. Avineri,S. /de-Shalit,A. [OUP 1992], p.29

A Reaction

It seems to be initiated by individuals who are only motivated by what is in it for them. This presumes self-sufficient adults, rather than children, or parents with children, or dependent people. The epitome of liberalism, perhaps.