Ideas from 'Of the original contract' by David Hume [1741], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Hume's Essays' by Hume,David [Edinburgh Press 1900,-]].

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24. Applied Ethics / A. Decision Conflicts / 2. Dilemmas
Moral questions can only be decided by common opinion
25. Society / A. State of Nature / 2. Natural Values / b. Natural equality
People must have agreed to authority, because they are naturally equal, prior to education
25. Society / B. The State / 2. State Legitimacy / d. Social contract
The idea that society rests on consent or promises undermines obedience
We no more give 'tacit assent' to the state than a passenger carried on board a ship while asleep
The people would be amazed to learn that government arises from their consent
25. Society / C. Social Justice / 5. Legal Rights / c. Property rights
We all know that the history of property is founded on injustices