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social contract

Medical practice The implied understanding between physician and Pt that the former provides the best possible care in a truthful and timely fashion, in exchange for the latter's trust. See Doctor-patient relationship.
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I have also argued that the Western social contract theory is philosophically responsible for the widespread destruction of the natural environment in the Global South in that it provides a moral justification to the key functioning mechanisms of the neo-liberalized global economy, such as the international free trade agreement and multi-national contracts.
To obtain the outcome of this study, researcher employed the social contract theory of CSR.
The three functions of government delineated in Locke's social contract theory and the Constitutional principles and protections of due process, the right to a speedy trial, separation of powers, and checks and balances form the basis for this standard.
Notice that in its classical, Lockean form, social contract theory mostly accounted for rights held against the state, while authorizing coercion that did not violate those rights.
Social contract theory is a moral theory in that it seeks to justify government and obedience to law.
Given the extraordinary effects of scientific discoveries and technological inventions during the 20th century, effects that will only increase throughout the 21st century, social contract theory cannot give a sufficiently comprehensive account of the science-society relationship.
If the various versions of social contract theory are not adequate to the task of explaining and justifying such moral responsibilities, what alternative kind of ethical theory is available for this purpose?
The nineteenth-century Supreme Court frequently referred to social contract theory as its rationale for striking down ex post facto legislation, state impairments of contractual obligations, or state attempts to tax citizens in order to provide business subsidies.
For engineering, it does not matter whether the methodology of developing high theory is applied mathematics, a subdivision of philosophical social contract theory, or an empirical science.
Roosevelt and approves the early New Deal as "a great deal like the fully realized social contract theory of yesteryear.
Theoretical, conceptual, and methodological issues are addressed in the first section, including social contract theory and supranational integration and the relationships between globalization, regionalization, and national sovereignty.
In this and subsequent works, Donaldson has developed an elaborate paradigm for business ethics based on "Integrated Social Contract Theory.