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date: 17 November 2019

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The racial contract is both racist reality and, as “the racial contract,” it is a concept that should be thought of as a “device of representation” for theorizing racial oppression within a social contract framework. Mills here looks at the influence of the racial contract (disquotationally, as a racist reality) on the views of white political philosophers and on the formation of modern white-dominated racial polities, as well as the possible use of the “racial contract” to theorize corrective racial justice. Finally, he discusses the reception of his book, The Racial Contract, in the twenty years since its publication.

Keywords: racial contract, racism, nonideal theory, social contract theory, The Racial Contract

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