A social contract creates society's basic structure. Examples are law and the machinery of government, Weirich said. Contractarians view a social contract as a type of bargain struck among potential members of society. They try to reconstruct bargaining so no potential member is excluded.
What features must bargaining have to prevent exclusion? Weirch explores some new possibilities suggested by elementary game theory.
Weirich's talk was arranged by MSU's Department of History and Philosophy.
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