- Title Pages
- Part I The Law: The Positivity of Abstraction
- 1 Law
- 2 Between Nature and History
- 3 Contract
- Part II The Vitality and Flaws of the Social
- 4 “Citoyen” versus “Bourgeois”?
- 5 The State of Law
- 6 “Ethicality Lost in Its Extremes”
- Part III The State and the Political
- 7 Tocqueville-Hegel
- 8 A Theory of Representation
- 9 Beyond Democracy
- Part IV Figures of Subjectivity in Objective Spirit: Normativity and Institutions
- 10 The Truth of Morality
- 11 The Conditions of Political Subjectivity
- 12 Subjects, Norms, and Institutions
- Translator’s Note
The Legal Conditions of the Social
- (p.81) 3 Contract
- The Actual and the Rational
Jean-François Kervégan, Daniela Ginsburg, Martin Shuster
- University of Chicago Press
Beyond Hegel's well-known critique of contractualism and of the idea of social contract, the chapter highlights the properly social (not political) function and value of the concept of contract, such as is developed within the framework of the private law.
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