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Social Contract according to Locke, Hobbes and Rousseau

How did Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Jean Jacques Rousseau define or express the term "social contract".

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Social contract, in and of itself, is the idea that moral and/or political obligations of the people are dependent upon a mutual agreement in order to form society*. That being said the three thinkers that are most associated with social contract are Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau.

Hobbes rejects the theory of Divine Right of Kings as well as the idea that that power ought to be shared between Parliament and the King. Hobbes argues that political authority and obligation are based on the individual self-interests of the members of society. At the same time, however, there is the Sovereign who holds must be absolute authority for the survival of society. Hobbes forms his theory of Social contract based upon the State of Nature, with in the ...

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Social contract, in and of itself, is the idea that moral and/or political obligations of the people are dependent upon a mutual agreement in order to form society. outlined here are the three thinkers that are most associated with social contract are Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau.

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