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The New Social Contract Beyond Liberal Democracy

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-12-18
  • Publisher: UPA
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Is liberal democracy the end of history? Is a written constitution the ultimate political authority? Does majority rule equal moral rule? Are all moral values relative? What is the legitimate use of coercive force in society? The New Social Contract--Beyond Liberal Democracy offers an answer to these and other age-old questions. Even more important than theoretical answers, The New Social Contract offers a way to turn theory into practical reality, to join moral and political philosophy with the coercive force of the law of society and thereby create a society that provides the greatest possible opportunity for each and every individual to achieve his or her happiness.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction xi
PART I The Physical and Evolutionary Origins of Life, Society, Morality and Individualism
The Complexity of Life
Biological Society
The Emergence of Morality
The Morality of Equality
Reflections on Human Nature
Part II Translating the Morality of Equality into the Political Theory and Political Practice of an Individualistic Society
The Origin and Purpose of Rights
The Social Contract in Theory
The American Experiment
Creating an Individualistic Society
Interpreting the New Social Contract
Life in an Individualistic Society
Revolution of Evolution
Notes 243(20)
Index 263

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