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MENDEZ PINTO, Emilio  and  BARCENA JUAREZ, Sergio Arturo. The Philosophical Boundaries of Political Contractualism. En-clav. pen [online]. 2021, vol.15, n.29, pp.52-85.  Epub Mar 24, 2021. ISSN 2594-1100.

Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Kant are often considered contractualist thinkers because they share the narrative logic that the State has a pactual origin. By establishing the boundaries of Contractualism (and of Contractarianism) with respect to other theories about the origin of the State, looking for kindred philosophical positions, and evaluating the internal coherence in the narratives of these authors, this article contrasts the authors main arguments with the requirements demanded by philosophy to conform a unified theoretical body.

Keywords : Contractualism; Iusnaturalism; State theory; political theory; political philosophy.

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