[MaFLa] reminder: invitation to a talk on `Dehumanization as Monstrification` by Thomas Brudholm - Tuesday, 31 January, 5.30 PM, - VENUE CHANGE!!!!! Nádor 15, Auditorium B

Krisztina Biber Biberk at ceu.edu
Mon Jan 30 09:51:32 CET 2017

The CEU Department of Philosophy cordially invites you to a talk

(as part of its Departmental Colloquium series)

Also part of the project "Topics in the Philosophy of the Human and Social Sciences"


Thomas Brudholm (University of Copenhagen)


Dehumanization as Monstrification

Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 5.30 PM, Nádor 15, Auditorium B


How to understand dehumanization, given that it is involved in mass atrocities such as genocide? This talk discusses whether extreme forms of dehumanization can be further specified as monstrification. We are familiar with representations of entire groups as animals, diseases, or insentient things. Such evidence invites the thought that dehumanization is about not seeing the Other as a human being at all. Yet, a closer look at genocidal hate speech and violence invites another, a more complex perspective, according to which dehumanization involves recognizing members of the targeted group at once as not human and human: as rats, blood poisoning, and cargo, but - at the same time - also as evil and malevolent human beings. As Sartre put it, 'the Jew', in the imagination of the anti-Semite, is a strange being: free, but free only to will evil. In order to capture this ambivalence in cases of dehumanization similar to anti-semitic dehumanization of Jews, I propose the concept of monstrification.

Krisztina Biber

Department of Philosophy



Central European University

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