It is my judgment that North American society is now in the midst of a rapid and fundamental renegotiation of the social contract in two areas of interest to us: 1) between society and higher education and, 2) between society and agriculture. The idea of social contract was developed by Rosseau. Rosseau, along with Hobbes and Locke, regarded government as essentially contractual. It comes about, they argued, as each citizen acknowledges a reciprocal obligation between himself and society. The reciprocal obligation also holds for agriculture and higher education where the contract is being renegotiated.



society, higher education, leaders

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