Race, Social Contract Theory, and Social Darwinism

  • Paul S. Chung


This chapter builds upon critical theory from Chap.  1 to investigate racial theory in the historical context, which is connected with colonialism and economic plundering by Spanish powers in Latin America. Social contract thinkers such as John Locke and Rousseau will be explicated in dealing with their theory of freedom, democracy, and slavery. Then I focus on social Darwinism as a cardinal principle underlying colonialism and racial development. I include a theological, ethical reflection of social contract morality, racism, and justice to develop postcolonial political theology.


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  • Paul S. Chung
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  1. 1.Lutheran School of Theology at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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