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States of Nature and Social Contracts

The Metaphors of the Liberal Order

Kevin Dooley

This book examines the most significant metaphors of modern political philosophy: the state of nature and the social contract. Each of the main chapters is dedicated to the political theory of the different social contract thinkers and the ways they articulated the uniquely liberal view of equality and freedom. The last chapter, unique to most books that explore the social contract, highlights the recent challenges to these views. It is this balance between accepted contractarian ideas and their critiques that makes this book a unique contribution to the field of political philosophy.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Control Number: 2021016265

Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.

Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche

Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available

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ISBN 978-1-4331-8380-5 (hardcover)

ISBN 978-1-4331-7408-7 (ebook pdf)

ISBN 978-1-4331-7409-4 (epub)

DOI 10.3726/b18531

© 2021 Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., New York

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