History and Human Nature

Guy Robinson

in Philosophy and Mystification

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780823222919
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235513 | DOI:
History and Human Nature

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The social being of humans, which was conceptualized in the seventeenth century, was presented as the result of combining isolated individuals wherein a set of agreed upon laws or rules binds these separated individuals. This chapter analyzes the notion of contract and the pre-social conditions that could have initiated the idea of having a Social Contract when these separated individuals had no shared fields of experience, institutions, or obligations. One of the key concerns in this chapter is the notion of a universal “human nature” and how this could provide explanations, given the fact that there are ways of testing the presence or absence of certain attributes. This chapter also describes the notions of nature and society and how these could have aided in explaining human nature.

Keywords: contract; agreement; Social Contract; institutions; individuals; obligation; society

Chapter.  10966 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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