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Politics: The Social Contract

Stephen Mulhall

in Stanley Cavell

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238508
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679643 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238508.003.0004
Politics: The Social Contract

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This chapter attempts to elucidate Cavell's fundamental concerns in the domain of politics, focusing on a passage from The Claim of Reason. Cavell begins with the observation that political theorists in the modern period have characteristically thought of the political community as founded upon a social contract, and he attempts to analyze the significance of this form of theorizing.

Keywords: Cavell; politics; The Claim of Reason; social contract

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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