David Livingstone Smith





David Livingstone Smith

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The Most Dangerous Animal: ...
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Why We Lie: The Evolutionar...
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Less Than Human: Why We Dem...
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Hidden Conversations
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Freud's Philosophy of the U...
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Psychoanalysis in Focus
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“Before dehumanizing a population, we set them apart as a "race." That is, a variety of people who are fundamentally different from "us." The folk notion of race is very much an artificial construction.”
David Livingstone Smith, Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others

“Terrorism" is a word with little content - it is a label for brutalities committed by "the enemy", and from which one's own acts of destruction are exempted. It is an inchoate and emotionally laden concept, a semantic mirror of our dishonesty and a repository for everything about war that we would like to disavow. Making a sharp distinction between war and terrorism is at best a self-deceptive game.”
David Livingstone Smith, The Most Dangerous Animal: Human Nature and the Origins of War

“To perceive others as fully human means to be saddened by the death of every single person, regardless of the population, group, or part of the world from which he comes, and regardless of our own personal acquaintance with him. If we accord him identity, then we must individualize his death [and] … if we accord him community, then we must experience his death as a personal loss.”
David Livingstone Smith, Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others

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