The Social Contract

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PHIL 008 920
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RANDALL, PIERCE ADAM

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This course examines the role of social contract doctrines in Western thought and culture.  We will focus on the political writings of the major modern proponents of social contract theory:  Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and John Rawls.  We will contrast their views with the utilitarian tradition, as represented by the political and economic philosophy of David Hume and Adam Smith.  The relationship between social contract doctrine and the theory of rational choice is also discussed, as well as contemporary libertarianism.

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