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The social contract: Overview

Philosophy | Critical and Creative Thinking | VCCCTQ043 | VCCCTQ045 | VCCCTR047 | VCCCTM053

Source: Digital montage by Black, S. (2019). Illustration: (Park, A, 2015). Additional images: (World Health Organization, 2006).

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Enduring Understandings

Philosophers and other thinkers have grappled with the idea of society and how we are to live together.

The social contract is implied in many of our democracies today and is underpinned by philosophical thinking.

Essential Questions

What rules and assumptions underpin a well-functioning society?

The social contract | Keywords

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Contract, Determinism, EnlightenmentFree will, Freedom, Rights of man, Society.

The social contract | Introduction

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The social contract | Videos

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A brief description of the "Social Contract" theory and how it has impacted the outcome of the Enlightenment. this YouTube video includes a Quizlet on vocabulary. (The Oxford Observer, 2015)


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Bibliography / Reference list: The Oxford Observer, (2015). The Enlightenment: Social Contract, [eVideo]. The Oxford Observer. Retrieved from

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