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There’s more to it. The basic idea of rule of law does not apply to Alice. She is not part of their world. She does not have a social contract in Wonderland. ” A social contract is an implicit agreement to obey the law. ” It’s unsaid. We just assume it. indd 47 11/23/09 8:52:56 AM 48 DENNIS KNEPP In a free society like ours, you basically have three choices. You can leave. You can try to change the laws. Or you can do neither and implicitly agree to obey the laws. That’s a social contract. 2 Despite thinking that the jury was against him before the trial began, Socrates accepted the guilty verdict—on the charge of corrupting the youth— and its terrible penalty: death.

Go on, try . . )11 More Millgram, Less Moore So let’s jet back to Utah and rejoin our good friend Elijah Millgram and the jam-yesterday-jam-tomorrow idea regarding everyday experiences. How does this connect with Moore? Recall that such goods are only seen as good in remembrance or anticipation, but never during the actual experience of them. indd 23 11/23/09 8:24:31 AM 24 MARK D. WHITE of momentary experiences, none of which are considered good at the time, add up to an overall experience that is either remembered as good, or anticipated as good?

Even today, most people try to be a good person even if they can’t define what it means to be a good person in every conceivable circumstance. Here’s a variation on a favorite example in ethics. Ethics is the part of philosophy that deals with studying goodness and related value terms. We usually say “Honesty is the best policy,” and my wife and I teach our children to always tell the truth. It seems obvious that a good person should tell the truth. Now suppose that the Queen of Hearts took my Logic course and failed.

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