News from 06/2013

30 June 2013

Social Contract Theory

Social contract theory, nearly as old as philosophy itself, is the view that persons’ moral and/or political obligations are dependent upon a contract or agreement among them to form the society in which they live. Socrates uses something quite like a social contract argument to explain to Crito why he must remain in prison and accept the death penalty. However, social contract theory is rightly associated with modern moral and political theory and is given its first full exposition and defense by Thomas Hobbes in his book: Leviathan.  Jason Campbell explains how the need…Read

28 June 2013

Why does France insist school pupils master philosophy?

Hugh Schofield asks "Why does France insist pupils master philosophy?

I am merely awe-inspired by the change that has come over my daughter since she started her philosophy studies. A year ago she was utterly lost - panicked by the density and abstraction of it all. Today she is not just at ease, she is enthusiastic. A world of thought has indeed been opened to her. So is it absurd to desire the impossible? Can one ever be certain of being right? Is art real?