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Social Contract

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Maine Public

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date April 19, 2024); no calls will be taken

Merriam-Webster defines a social contract as “an actual or hypothetical agreement among individuals forming an organized society or between the community and the ruler that defines and limits the rights and duties of each.” We’ll trace the roots of the idea of a social contract back to the philosophers Thomas Hobbes and John Locke and examine how people today view their obligation toward their fellow human beings.

Lydia L. Moland, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Philosophy, Colby College
Author of Lydia Maria Child: A Radical American Life
Paul E. Schofield, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Bates College
Click hereto see Professor Schofield's article - Liberals shouldn’t scoff at people’s fears of homelessness and crime
Rob Glover, associate professor of political science, University of Maine

VIP Callers:
Harald Bredesen, program director, GrowSmart Maine; originally from Norway


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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.