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    rational consensus, social contract, sit

    Hello everyone

    I'd like to ask about words connection in the following context:

    Yet in Hobbes we see an essential tension: his rational consensus, the social contract does not sit well with his description of political follies, especially in Behemoth, but also in Leviathan. Leviathan justifies itself with rational consent, but rules through indoctrination.

    Is "i.e." implied in the sentence -- his rational consensus, i.e. the social contract, does not sit well with his description of political follies, especially in Behemoth, but also in Leviathan. In other words, is "rational consensus" the same as 'social contract'?

    And does "does not sit well" mean does not agree well, does not fit into?



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    Re: rational consensus, social contract, sit

    Yes, "social contract" is a restatement/clarification of what is meant by "his rational consensus". That is, his rational consensus (or final theory) was the social contract theory. You could restate the sentence as you have with i.e.

    Something that "does not sit well" does not feel right, it bothers or irritates the conscience. You could also say that it does not fit. Think about a chair that has one leg shorter than the others. When you try to sit in it, it wobbles, and you become uncomfortable trying to stay seated in one position. In your particular example, you could substitute "does not agree well with", "does not align with", "is not consistent with" or "is contradicted by", though phrase might have subtle shifts of nuance.

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    Re: rational consensus, social contract, sit

    Thank you very much, nonsense.

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