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social contract

It’s a social contract.’
Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  an implicit agreement to give up certain freedoms or undertake certain responsibilities to make society work
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Social Contract greatly differed from that of Thomas Hobbes. For Hobbes, the contract was an agreement between society and its government. For Rousseau, it was an agreement between individuals to create a society and a government.  (retrieved 6/08)
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  • It’s a social contract.’
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • I have read Prudhomme, I know the Social Contract, I know my constitution of the year Two by heart.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The implicit social contract is that upper-class girls will keep their virtue, while young men will find satisfaction in the brothels.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Press freedom has also been enshrined by Parliament and is based on the socially and democratically acceptable restrictions of society, that is, the social contract that makes up the framework of a civilized society.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

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  • Social contract—that’s the Enlightenment, that’s Rousseau.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • …respects all who emigrated to British America were similar—In what they differed—Remark applicable to all Europeans who established themselves on the shores of the New World—Colonization of Virginia—Colonization of New England—Original character of the first inhabitants of New England—Their arrival—Their first laws—Their social contract—Penal code borrowed from the Hebrew legislation—Religious fervor—Republican spirit—Intimate union of the spirit of religion with the spirit of liberty.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Peter was, simply, what a person would look like if you boiled down the most raw emotions and filtered them of any social contract.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • All those words: rights of the people, rights of man, the social contract, the French Revolution, the Republic, democracy, humanity, civilization, religion, progress, came very near to signifying nothing whatever to Grantaire.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I believe we can walk side by side a little farther down this path by tracing the state to a social contract, which takes sin into account and protects against injustice and which we both therefore regard as the origin of sovereign authority.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Some say social contract; which is the same thing, the word contract being etymologically formed with the idea of a bond.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • …and officers, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony: unto which we promise all due submission and obedience," etc. *i [Footnote i: The emigrants who founded the State of Rhode Island in 1638, those who landed at New Haven in 1637, the first settlers in Connecticut in 1639, and the founders of Providence in 1640, began in like manner by drawing up a social contract, which was acceded to by all the interested parties.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
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