The Social Contract Theory Essay

2053 Words Dec 2nd, 2016 9 Pages
According to Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau, philosophers during the Enlightenment period, all people have the natural right to use their reasoning to make autonomous choices for themselves and their families and upon entering a social contract others must respect the state’s authority. The basis of the social contract theory is that people give up some of their rights and freedoms to the state in exchange for the state to “guarantee such rights as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The social contract theory’s importance is shown through the same language used in America’s Declaration of Independence. The social contract theories represented by Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau cannot be valid theories as they lead to contradictions and promote oppression of certain groups of people. Their theories do not represent equality, freedom, and protection for everyone. To understand a few of the failings of the social contract theory, one ought to view the theories’ gender shortcomings which include the traditional view of family, women’s lack of consent to be ruled, and the oppression of women.
Primarily, as one considers the gender failings of the social contract discussed in this paper keep in mind women are free in nature, are born with the ability to reason, and due to women’s caring nature they willingly take on the responsibility of caring for children and their household. Because of women’s acceptance of the subordinate role they afford men the ability to have the…

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