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Commentary on Over (2020): Well-taken Points About Dehumanization, But Exaggerated Challenges

Giner-Sorolla, Roger, Burgmer, Pascal, Demir, Nuray (2020) Commentary on Over (2020): Well-taken Points About Dehumanization, But Exaggerated Challenges. Perspectives on Psychological Science, . ISSN 1745-6916. E-ISSN 1745-6924. (In press) (KAR id:81471)


We offer a critical appraisal of Over's (2020) seven challenges for dehumanization research in social psychology. While the challenges mainly attack an exaggerated version of the claims that dehumanization research actually makes, the positive suggestions that follow them open up some much-needed questions. By seeing humanity as a prototype-based category, we can address more sensitively how various departures from prototypical humanity relate to each other. We can also ask whether all of these departures are equally necessary or sufficient explanations for the effects of dehumanizing treatment and metaphors in degrading moral consideration of other groups of people.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: dehumanization, morality, humanity, groups, prejudice, intergroup
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Roger Giner-Sorolla
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2020 10:52 UTC
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2020 08:22 UTC
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