Enlightenment, Genealogy, and Political Discourse Ethics

  • Paul S. Chung


This chapter deals with Foucault, who is one of the major mentors in shaping postcolonial theory. In difference from postcolonial utilization of his thinking, I bring Foucault into the discussion with his critique of Enlightenment, and his genealogy founded upon the relation between knowledge and power. I analyze Foucault as an ethical thinker for political theology. I then re-examine Foucault’s critique of Kant, while reviewing Kant’s cosmopolitan notion of hospitality in connection to the social contract theory of Rousseau. His ethical contribution will be assessed and reinterpreted for its significance in a postcolonial setting. Given this, I critically examine Hegel’s notion of Sittlichkeit and Habermas’ discourse ethics for political discourse ethics concerned with the rights of the poor and the other.


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

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