The End Justifies the Means

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Natural Law, according to MacKinney (2013) is the moral law written into nature itself, and what we ought to do is determined by considering certain aspects of nature. Specifically, we ought to examine our nature as human beings to see what is essential for us to function well as members of our species. Social Darwinism, as explained by Quist-Adade (2006) is the theory that believes some societies, races, etc are endowed with superior genes, while others inherit inferior genes. In this paper I will talk about the relationship between natural law and Social Darwinism and between Social Darwinism and racism. I will also explain if my opinion about Social Darwinism changed or remained the same after reading the article “What is race and what is racism” by Quist-Adade. Finally I will explain how the theory of Social Darwinism and the information in the article influenced my views on natural law and natural rights, and what problems might arise from trying to apply these theories in society. After reading the article, the relationship of natural law and Social Darwinism did surprise me a little. Professor Bannister writing for Encarta Online Encyclopedia explains Darwin applied his theories of natural selection specifically to people in The Descent of Man, which many critics viewed as justification for the cruel social policies in England at the time, and imperialism abroad. Herbert Spencer used his understanding of Darwin’s evolution theory and combined it with natural law to come up with a perverse new theory where the term “survival of the fittest” was coined. This is surprising to me because natural law is supposed to see what is essential for us to function well as human beings, and Social Darwinism finds a way to distort that into explaining why it’s ok to mistreat certain humans. The connection between Social Darwinism and racism was much less surprising. If…...

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