Social Contract Theory And The Motive Essay

880 Words Oct 6th, 2015 4 Pages
Social Contract Theory and the Motive to Be Moral

One idea that we encounter on a daily basis, is morality. There are many reasons and theories of morality and everyone is entitled to their own thoughts and beliefs. I will be discussing the Social Contract Theory.
The Social Contract Theory, is “as old as philosophy itself” (IEP, para 1). The concept of this theory is that a group of people come together and agree on terms which they must follow. In doing so, each person must give up his or her own desires for the overall performance of the group. This agreement stated by Pojman “sets up both rules and a governing force: The rules create an atmosphere of peace, and the government ensures that we follow the rules”. This will allow for their society to live in an organized and peaceful way.
One example of this theory took place on my deployment to Afghanistan. On a very small combat outpost (COP), the US Military, Afghanistan Army, and local Police came together to live on a daily basis for twelve months. This COP had three key leaders: the Mayor, Commander and the First Sergeant. While each leadership position had a dedicated area of responsibility to keep order and set forth general instructions and rules. Everyone living on the base agreed to these conditions to support an environment that was in the interest for all.
The Social Contract Theory offers a strong argument that the motive of morality is in the best interest of each person within a society. By agreeing to…

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