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ISSN 1869-778X

Frankfurt School Verlag

 
Special Topic

 

Can the Social Contract Be Signed by an Invisible Hand?

 

Guest Editors: Geoffrey Brennan, Bernd Lahno

 
The title of this special topic in RMM is borrowed from a 1978 paper of Hillel Steiner in which he argues against Robert Nozick's invisible hand conception of the emergence of the state. Steiner believes that central institutions of social order such as money and government need some form of conscious endorsement by individuals to emerge and to persist over time.

Tony de Jasay's critique (in Philosophy 85, 2010) of Bob Sugden's plea for a Humean version of contractarianism (see RMM, Vol 0) motivated us, to take this old – but still central – theme of the debate on the origin of social order as one starting point in a new attempt to evaluate the idea of a social contract).

Within the 35 years since the publication of Hillel Steiner's paper different advances have been made in economics and philosophy that may well shed some new light on some of the fundamental issues in the debate about a contractarian conception of social order. These make us confident that a new attempt to explore the contractarian idea is well worthwhile.

Those who first motivated this project, Hillel Steiner, Anthony de Jasay, and Robert Sugden, as well as a number of other renowned scholars confirmed to contribute. The special topic will actually start with a previously unpublished paper by Hillel Steiner, originally written in 1986, in which he extends and elaborates on his argument about money from the 1978 paper, and with an original article by Anthony de Jasay, in which he further clarifies his worries. A response by Robert Sugden will follow. Further contributions will discuss the matter by reference to the roots of the debate in seventeenth and eighteenth century philosophy or to recent advancements in economics, the behavioral sciences or in social philosophy. Some of the contributions confirmed are already in a very elaborated stage and ready to be published soon. They are announced here right from the start and – for the time being – marked as 'to appear'.

As always, the special topic is an open ended project and further contributions will be considered; please send your submission to rmm@frankfurt-school.de (see 'How to Submit' for details). Also, readers are invited to submit shorter comments for the discussion section, which may be published after an abridged refereeing process.

 

Contributions

A Point of Departure

 
Jul 30 2013
Introductory Note
Bernd Lahno
"Can the Social Contract Be Signed by an Invisible Hand"
– A New Debate on an Old Question –
RMM Vol. 4, 2013, 39–43, Special Topic
 
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Aug 01 2013
Article
Hillel Steiner
Invisible Hand Processes and the Theory of Money
RMM Vol. 4, 2013, 44–52, Special Topic
 
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Aug 01 2013
Article
Anthony de Jasay
Conduct and Contract
RMM Vol. 4, 2013, 53–60, Special Topic
 
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Sep 06 2013
Article
Robert Sugden
Contractarianism as a Broad Church
RMM Vol. 4, 2013, 61–66, Special Topic
 
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  Learning from the Classics

 
 
Oct 07 2013
Article
Christine Chwaszcza
Hume and the Social Contract: A Systematic Evaluation
RMM Vol. 4, 2013, 108–130, Special Topic
 
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May 06 2014
Article
Horacio Spector
Hume's Theory of Justice
RMM Vol. 5, 2014, 47–63, Special Topic
 
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Oct 07 2014
Article
Frank Dietrich
Consent as the Foundation of Political Authority – A Lockean Perspective
RMM Vol. 5, 2014, 64–78, Special Topic
 
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May 19 2015
Article
John Salter
Hume without Spontaneous Order
RMM Vol. 6, 2015, 26–38, Special Topic
 
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  New Perspectives

 
 
Feb 05 2014
peer reviewed
Lars Lindblom
Anarchy, State, and Property
RMM Vol. 5, 2014, 1–12, Special Topic
 
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Apr 14 2014
peer reviewed
John Thrasher
Ordering Anarchy
RMM Vol. 5, 2014, 30–46, Special Topic
 
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Sep 18 2013
Article
Gerald Gaus
Why the Conventionalist Needs the Social Contract (and Vice Versa)
RMM Vol. 4, 2013, 71–87, Special Topic
 
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Sep 24 2013
Article
Jan Narveson
Social Contract: The Last Word in Moral Theories
RMM Vol. 4, 2013, 88-107, Special Topic
 
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Nov 25 2013
Article
David Gauthier
Achieving Pareto-Optimality: Invisible Hands, Social Contracts, and Rational Deliberation
RMM Vol. 4, 2013, 191–204, Special Topic
 
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Oct 31 2014
Article
Russell Hardin
Social Yes; Contract No
RMM Vol. 4, 2013, 79–92, Special Topic
 
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Nov 06 2013
Article
Peter Vanderschraaf
A Governing Convention?
RMM Vol. 4, 2013, 131-156, Special Topic
 
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Comments

 
  RMM encourages its readers to submit critical comments on articles or groups of articles. Comments undergo a light and fast review process. They are not expected to be extensive research papers; their main function is to stimulate the discussion of the issue at hand. What we are primarily interested in is a good new argument, the introduction of a fresh perspective on the issue at hand or just an illuminating (counter-) example: anything intelligent and thought provoking.  
     
 
Nov 20 2013
Comment
Danny Frederick
Social Contract Theory Should Be Abandoned
RMM Vol. 4, 2013, 178-190, Special Topic
 
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