Social Contracts in Theory and Practice-First of a series
by Albert 1

# 1. 10/5/09 4:28 PM by Jay - OR
Patience dictates I wait to see where you'te going with this. Hardly an expert on the social compact, I studied it in political philosophy as an undergraduate. That was many decades ago.

The concept was centuries old then, and its refinements were going stale. Will you be referring back to Grotious (sp?), in the 15th century? There were mental giants upon whose shoulders the founders of our nation stood. The concept must be understood to understand their thought. Presumptive of me, I'll be interested in the extent to which you choose to impose your evolutionary mindset upon it, if at all. Will these be your original thoughts, or will you be standing on the shoulders of others?

Editor's Note: While I recognize how old this concept is I only wanted to touch on that aspect briefly.

As it evolved it think the need for it to become more complex was inevitable.

What it is today is probably best illustrated by using the Constitution as an example however the broader social contract that underies American Society also includes what is not in the Constitution especially the religious aspect.

I think my focus will be on recognizing its imprecision especially the unwritten aspects.

Often I see complaints citing examples of failure with selective focus being used to buttress that type viewpoint.

I see the general contract as an extremely loose unwritten concept with very little actually acceptable as a common agreement that could include most Americans.

I Am most interested in what could be considered acceptable if it is based on something similar to the Preamble and subsequent Constitution WITH its amendments.

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