David Livingstone Smith

David Livingstone Smith



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Less Than Human: Why We Dem...

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The Most Dangerous Animal: ...

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Why We Lie: The Evolutionar...

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Hidden Conversations: An In...

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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

“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

“Dehumanization isn’t a way of talking. It’s a way of thinking—a way of thinking that, sadly, comes all too easily to us. Dehumanization is a scourge, and has been so for millennia. It acts as a psychological lubricant, dissolving our inhibitions and inflaming our destructive passions. As such, it empowers us to perform acts that would, under other circumstances, be unthinkable.”
David Livingstone Smith, Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others

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