Social Contract

By Eric Metzger, Jimmy Neumeyer, and Devon Unwin

What is a Social Contract?

A social contract is an agreement among the people of a community or organized


society that says that the society will be ran by its general will. Also it states a members


role in a group or society. A social contract is the foundation of the modern American


political system, and the United States government got many of its ideas from the


philosophy of social contracts. They are meant to benefit the community, group, or


society in which it was created for.


Original ideas on social contracts came from Jean-Jaques Rousseau but were later


emphasized buy other philosophes during the Scientific Enlightenment including John


Locke. We see social contracts today mainly in clubs, groups, and school organizations.


We also see them among an entire city or region.


One example would be a volunteer organization picking up trash, which would


make citizens lives more enjoyable. Another example would be the government


making people pay taxes to help pay for services that help to assist people. That is all


about what a social contract is, the history of them, and some examples of social


contracts.