The notion of contract is not as unproblematic as might at first sight appear. Its theoretical basis in particular is very difficult to decipher. It is arguable that whereas the Middle Ages and 16th century produced an exceptionally subtle foundational account, the rise of modernity largely destroyed this doctrine. Nowadays we are far from possessing an adequate theory. This also means that the (ever more) widespread application of social contract doctrine in present-day political life is a questionable enterprise.
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