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Revista Brasileira de Estudos Pedagógicos

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RIADIGOS MOSQUERA, Carlos. The Social Contract of pax capitalis: the need for an educational judgment in network. R. Bras. Est. Pedag. [online]. 2014, vol.95, n.241, pp.481-496. ISSN 2176-6681.

The Social Contract has been a philosophical concept used for centuries to frame the relationships among people in different societies, once the prepolitical State of Nature is "overcome". In contemporary capitalist systems, we are reproducing asymmetrical societies in relation to power through social contracts that usually harbor a state of fictitious and forced peace, through the naturalization of inequalities and the imposition of capital dogmas. That is the pax capitalis, similar to the pax romana imposed inside the empire to all the conquered peoples. Using this theoretical reflection, supported by documentary analysis of authors of the contract theory, this study intends to show paths that, through education, can respond to this hegemonic way of thinking society as a contract between unequal and, also, different parts. The conclusions of the study show that this response has to go through a form of understanding education oriented to the participatory democracy and, therefore, to social justice, with the use of a network structure as a vehicle that gives internal consistency to the system, as well as practical functionality for the XXI century.

Palavras-chave : Social Contract; State of Nature; Capitalism; Peace; Network Education; Justice.

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