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society established on and permeated by innumerable contracts – long before Thomas Hobbes revolutionized political thought through his theory of the social contract. In fact, the two concepts were not identical. One of the main differences between the medieval and the modern concept of a contract is that

In: The Culture of Love in China and Europe

well as selfish inclinations – considered as the motivations of self-improvement. It should be clarified soon, however, that the concept of self-preservation is quite different from theories elaborated by Western thinkers, such as Thomas Hobbes: self is not seen as a unity at war with other selves, but

In: The Culture of Love in China and Europe