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1 The Social Contract Joe Guilbaud Griffin Strom Ahmed El-Shami(cool one) Alec Cease The Girls

2 Background on Social Contract Rousseau wrote a book entitled The Social Contract during the Enlightenment period This caused many revolutions in Europe especially in France Got the ideas from Locke and Hobbes Also influenced the American revolution Started idea of deism

3 Beliefs of Social Contract If king or ruler of the government does not live up to expectations, people have right to revolt. King has to look out for the natural rights of the people This brought an end to Depotism Stated that absolute rule was subjective

4 Beliefs cont. States that social contract is a natural law (laws that are fundamental in human nature) Says that slavery is illogical, and that every man is free The idea of the Social contract was objective because the citizens have a say in the government

5 Beliefs cont. Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. The Sovereign, having no force other than the legislative power, acts only by means of the laws; and the laws being solely the authentic acts of the general will, the Sovereign cannot act save when the people is assembled. Every law the people have not ratified in person is null and void is, in fact, not a law The legislative power belongs to the people, and can belong to it alone. [ [

6 Relevance to DOI The concept of natural rights and the idea of the social contract were paramount in the thinking of the colonists when they challenged the right of Europe to control their economic and political lives. It's a contract... meaning it can be voided by the people when they believe the government is hindering their unalienable rights.

7 Relevance to DOI "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, The Social Contract had a significant impact on the DOI, for it was a foundation for the ideas.

8 Relevance to DOI Jean Jacques Rousseau's Social Contract concepts played a significant role in the creation of the DOI through the use of empirical knowledge. The founding fathers and colonists of America were enraged by the unfair usurpation of the British government, so they discarded their consanguinity with the British. The birth of DOI revealed the candid feelings of the colonists.

9 Relevance to DOI According to the theory of social contract, if the people are not happy with their government, it is their duty to overthrow and replace the government. In the DOI, the people list all of their grievances to justify their claim for independence and refused the acquiesces of British rule.

10 Relevance to DOI The harsh and unpleasing British acts issued during the 1700s were the precipitancy of the DOI. This led to the end of the idea of providence due to the fact that it harmed the representation of the people. The people then united to reestablish the law and create a system in which all can properly be entitled to happiness. …and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.

11 Social contract. Fred D'Agostino. Contemporary Approaches to the Social Contract. 3 march web. 22 October 2012.Fred D'Agostino The Social Contract and Constitutional Republics. 25 september 1995http://constitution.org/soclcont.htm. 25 september web. 22 October Summary and Critique of Jean-Jacques Rousseaus The Social Contract..http://philosophy.intellectualprops.com/meta physics/summary-and-critique-of-jean- jacques-rousseaus-the-social-contract/. 1 April wen. 22 October 2012.


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