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.
While most are familiar with the Christian--including the secularized Christian--versions of the contract, for example, in the writings of Rousseau, Hobbes, Locke, Kant, or Christian Wolff, the classic Jewish versions of social contract theory are less well known.
Social contract theory and the principle of justice informs police in this area by reminding officers that all citizens have agreed to transfer to government their own power to enforce their basic rights.
The first seeds of social contract theory can be found germinating in the fertile field of Greek philosophy before maturing to bear a particularly rich fruit in the European political theory of the seventeenth century.
The latter doctrine may lead to social inaction, yet Buddhism, Mabbett firmly establishes, does contain within its teachings a form of social contract theory, whereby the true Buddhist king has responsibilities to his subjects.
The general social theories of his time that he found inadequate were bound together in a cluster of associated doctrines that included the notions of natural law, natural rights, and the social contract theory of the state.