Define Agreement Theory

Social contract theory, almost as old as philosophy itself, holds that people`s moral and/or political obligations depend on a contract or agreement between them to form the society in which they live. Socrates uses a kind of social contract argument to explain to Kribto why he must stay in prison and accept the death penalty. However, social contract theory is rightly associated with modern moral and political theory and, for the first time, it is fully explained and defended by Thomas Hobbes. After Hobbes, John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau are the best-known representatives of this extremely influential theory which, in the history of the modern West, was one of the most dominant theories of the theory of morality and politics.