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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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The classic social contract theories (Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau) and the modern contractual approach to justice (Rawls), however, turn out to be inadequate in terms of doing justice to the unequal parties of the society.
Nussbaum argues that social contract theories usually rely on something like the circumstances of justice to explain why the contract would be desirable for individuals to enter.
Social contract theories, therefore, have a serious motivational problem: The social contract is insufficient to motivate rationally self-interested people to be moral.
Social contract theories are premised on the notion that individuals freely enter into civil society through a compact to better protect their natural freedom.
Mark Granovetter argues that both the model of atomized individualism, resulting from the social contract theories of Rawls and Hobbes, and the "embedded" model, traced to tribal societies in which economic action is the determined result of social kinship patterns, are problematic.
The justice mode corresponds to social contract theories of justice.
She was an important voice of dissent against the social contract theories of both Hobbes and Locke, and a key representative of Tory ideology.