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Edward O. Wilson on Social Contract - Dictionary of Arguments

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Social contract/Rousseau/Wilson, E. O.: In his social contract, Rousseau had issued the slogan "Freedom, Equality, Fraternity".
E. O. WilsonVsRousseau: at the same time he had conceived the fatal abstraction of the "common will" in order to achieve these goals. This common will, he wrote, forms itself into a "moral law which is objectively justified", since it is the only interest of the "rational will of free individuals" to serve the welfare of society and each of its members.
This social contract should create "equal conditions for all". "Each one of us places together his or her person and all his or her strength under the supreme direction of the common will, and we accept each member as an inseparable part of the whole."
Wilson: Those who did not want to give in to this community will were regarded as dissenters and had to face the "necessary violence" exercised by the assembly.


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E. O. Wilson
Consilience. The Unity of Knowledge, New York 1998
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Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge New York 1998


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