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More essay than encyclopedic article[edit]

This article needs to be reviewed. The tone of the article is pretty essay-oriented. It should provide an objective idea of what contractualism is.--Camilo Sanchez (talk) 18:59, 27 December 2008 (UTC)

Very helpful essay on the subject. Should be rephrased for encyclopedic voicing. Note: Not sure I agree with the importance classification - I'm not a student of the art but it seems understanding this concept would be essential for one. BillMcGonigle (talk) 07:34, 20 January 2008 (UTC)

restored essay[edit]

I replaced the essay since it is helpful and relevant. I was recently assigned an essay that has requirements so similar that an exact copy of this one would be appropriate. But that is not relevant to Wikipedia, and the essay here is a significant contribution. If it was deleted by someone intending to get away with plagiarism, shame on you. And if it was deleted by someone attempting to stop plagiarism, there’s simply no point as it is here in the history anyway (talk) 12:56, 9 August 2008 (UTC)


An essay does not belong in a wikipedia page, especially one without citations (which it goes quite long without) and using first person. This is not a place for original research. Please help this article! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:43, 11 December 2008 (UTC)

I am not at all in favor of this essay-style article. Right off the bat we see multiple assumptions, each of which could be easily challenged by a student of philosophy (ex: moral philosophy MUST mirror our natural intuitions, any "valid" ethical theory must disallow theft, murder, etc, the list goes on and on). If these ideas represent Scanlon himself, fine, but then we must have citations. Wikipedia is a place to describe a theory - not subjective analysis. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:47, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

"torturing a house"???? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:13, 20 May 2009 (UTC)

This is my essay from a couple of years back which I uploaded as it is written without attempting to make it more of an encyclopaedia article. I agree it is not very good as an encyclopaedia article, but I think it helps give an idea of what Contractualism is about in the absence of anything better. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:37, 12 June 2009 (UTC)