Jul 26, 2020
On episode 60, we welcome philosopher David Livingstone Smith to discuss the sources and consequences of dehumanization, including its historical manifestations and the psychological needs and drives that foster it; the role that the philosophy of essentialism plays in racism; how categorization and hierarchical thinking contribute to brutality; the evolution of agreeableness and the ways in which humans neutralize empathy to disinhibit their violent urges; and the steps we need to take to counteract dehumanization.
David Livingstone Smith is a professor of philosophy at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. He earned his PhD from the University of London, Kings College, where he worked on Freud’s philosophy of mind and psychology. His current research is focused on dehumanization, race, propaganda, and related topics. His newest book is out now and its called On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It.
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