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Philosopher to speak March 30 about social contracts

March 23, 2007 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Paul Weirich, from the philosophy department at the University of Missouri, will speak on "Exclusion from the Social Contract" from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, in Wilson 1-119 at Montana State University. Anyone is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

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.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or