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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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Chapter One:Thomas Hobbes: The State of Nature as a State of War; The Actor and the Authors

Chapter Two:John Locke: The Fiduciary Trust

Chapter Three:Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Breaking the Chains: The Noble Savage and the General Will

Chapter Four:Immanuel Kant: Green Lenses, Objective Truth, and Perpetual Peace

Chapter Five:John Rawls: The Veil of Ignorance

Chapter Six:The Critiques: Conservatism, Feminism, and Critical Race Theory

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