The Social Contract Revised: Obligation and Responsibility in the Information Society

The Social Contract Revised: Obligation and Responsibility in the Information Society

Robert Joseph Skovira (Robert Morris University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-93177-743-8.ch009
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Abstract

This chapter introduces the social contract as a basis for personal and corporate responsibility and obligation. I briefly discuss three perspectives on the nature of the social contract: the Hobbesean, the Lockean, and the Rousseauean. I discuss the idea that information technology and the information society are in the process of revising the social contract. It sees the Internet as a key transformer of the sense of the social contract. It ends with a discussion of three revisionary frames: virtual communitarianism, radical individualism, and social capitalism.

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