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Philosophy 10 Pages

Social Contract Theory In Contemporary Society


Copy and paste the rough draft of your Roundtable essay in STAGES in its thread below, in Unit 7. The Class will review these rough drafts at the end of Unit 7. Then POST your revised  8+ to 15+ paragraph, 1000-2500 word (4-10 page) term paper in the Lesson 8 DROPBOX [i.e., paste the text and then attach your file].

•Choose a manageable topic: your aim is to investigate one specific philosophical concept (and SEVEN relevant philosophers) and its relevance to you (and/or modern society). Introduce your choice and purpose, as well as the physical and social setting, in the beginning, like the setting of a play, in the first paragraph.

•In the rest of pages 1-2 (in bullets or short paragraphs), define the philosophical concept as viewed by each philosopher (probably in a brief statement by each one): refer to what is in the textbook, and add depth or exemplary clarity by research or by personal introspection (as Socrates would demand). Reference to what is in our textbook is expected.

•In pages 2-9, have your THREE central philosophers explain their approaches to this concept (including examples and relevance).

•The  body of your paper will take dialogue form, with each speaker CLEARLY IDENTIFIED starting a new paragraph.

•Your three philosophers will engage in a 'tri-alogue,' one's speech prompting a response from the next (perhaps as thesis vs antithesis, as in Hegel's dialectic, or as conceptual extension or analogy, or as logical, ethical, epistemological, metaphysical, etc., critique).

•Involve all three philosophers equally! Each one will have at least two major speeches. [A five-sentence speech is NOT major.]

•In the last paragraph (on the last page, perhaps page 10), explain what a philosophical synthesis concerning this concept would be for you (given as a concluding speech by the M.C. to the gathering).

◦A story or other illustration would be good for each speaker.

◦Do not talk in vague terms. Definition of key terms is expected. Concrete points of reference make your investigation work (like the tethers that tie a balloon to the ground on which we stand.)

◦An exemplary question for philosophical exploration:

◾"How does Marx's theory of the alienation of labor relate (or not) to my life?"

◾or "Smith's theory of the invisible hand of the market challenges the socio-economic assumptions of the Modern welfare state."

◾Or investigate three philosophers on one topic (such as 'the creative imagination,' or 'the link between thought, speech and world,' or 'the social contract'),

◾or investigate why one historical topic, school or philosopher develops in one time and place (such as 'the Christians' appropriation of the Stoics' Logos,' 'the role of music in Plato and Pythagoras,' 'the development of dialectic in the Scholastics,' or 'differences in the political philosophies of Classical Liberals and Progressive Liberals.'

Final Essay Instructions Philosophy 1602

•Your work should be double spaced on full size sheets of white (lined paper if you hand write your work).  Place your name, Philosophy 1602 Exam, and a page number on each page.  Please, only write on one side of each page.  This essay exam is 1,000 points (up to 300 points of the 1,000 will be for simply following directions).  

Your target for this exam is to interact your thinking with the thinking of great Philosophers throughout history.  To carry out this task, to start with, you are to choose seven Philosophers to seat around a table. Look over the book: pick any seven! Pretend this is a gathering to celebrate a special event. Perhaps there is a theme that could interest these seven people--and you.

Please provide an introduction with the following information:

Name the Philosophers seated around a full table of seven (give their names and location at the table).  Out of the seven you have chosen, seat three Philosophers strategically next to one another: tell the names of your three chosen Philosophers; briefly identify what philosophical theme links these three philosophers in particular.  Give the event you choose (which you make up) for this once in a lifetime gathering that crosses the very timeline of history, and identify the theme for the gathering (which you can run by me).

◦  this general theme could be "the nature of love," "intuition, experience, and the scientific method," "nature, nurture, and human agency," or "why is stealing usually wrong?"

In the body of your work tell about the conversation between the three Philosophers.

◦  Please make sure you choose a conversation with important issue(s) on your topic.  This means you are to provide more than, "Hi, how are you doing?"  "I am fine. And you."  "How is the weather where you come from?"  The above conversation is an example of what not to do, and if you only do the above you will not do well on this exam.  

Instead, as a focus, start with an issue of their day, or perhaps our day, to get your three chosen Philosophers to discuss.  Each philosopher will have a different point of view on the issue, so each one will try to turn the subject into his own, using his characteristic words and ideas. Give enough of each one's theory with an example to make sense. Then let another philosopher respond.

This is your opportunity to exercise your greatest thinking as you ponder great thinkers of all time.  You may want to place yourself into the situation as the interviewer or narrator.  

Conclude your exam with a closing summary perspective.  

Your summary should resemble something like a narrator closing a program or a journalist closing an interview.  The important point for this section is to provide a synthesizing conclusion of the event that just came to a close.  

Even though this is an essay, you actually get to write your own test. This is learning of the highest caliber.  As the saying goes, you are writing your own ticket.  Take advantage of this learning and critical thinking opportunity.  

•be sure to have your philosophers define the philosophical concept; they may differ in their understanding, evaluation and application of this concept--which is when their discussion can get interesting : refer to what is in the textbook, and add depth or exemplary clarity by research or by personal introspection (as Socrates would demand). Reference to what is in our textbook is expected.

•In your conclusion, explain how this concept is successful and relevant to you or people today (and perhaps how strong the philosopher's presentation is).

•through the interaction of these philosophers, explain what is controversial or less successful about each philosopher's version of this concept (and perhaps how weak the philosopher's presentation is).

•A story or other illustration would be good for each philosopher's explanation.

◦Do not talk in vague terms. Definition of key terms is expected. Concrete points of reference make your investigation work (like the tethers that tie a balloon to the ground on which we stand.)


Title: Social Contract Theory In Contemporary Society
Length: 10 pages (2750 Words)
Style: APA


Social Contract Theory in Contemporary Society

Social contract theory is one of the philosophies that focus on the origin of thesociety and the nature of morality. Its supporters argue that the social organization was founded on a contract which individuals made amongst themselves. This idea was initiated by the Sophists who believed societies do not occur naturally but rather as a result of the consensus among people. In modern society, this idea could be true because societies such as EU, AU, and UN involve contracts in the form of agreement among its members. This is further supported by Plato in The Republic when he argued that societies were established to meet human needs. Social contract theory was developed more by Rousseau, Locke, and Hobbes.


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