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Single Idea 20537

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / B. Nature of a State / 2. State Legitimacy / c. Social contract]

Full Idea

A common objection to Rawls is that hypothetical contracts, unlike real ones, have no binding force.

Gist of Idea

Hypothetical contracts have no binding force


Adam Swift (Political Philosophy (3rd ed) [2014], 1 'Rawls')

Book Reference

Swift,Adam: 'Political Philosophy (3rd edn)' [Polity 2014], p.29

A Reaction

[I think Dworkin made this point] 'Contract' may be metaphorical. Perhaps it is just an 'initial agreement' or a 'working arrangement',