Jul 1, 2017 - 4 min
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Why do people commit acts of cruelty? One answer is "dehumanization", the denial of humanness in others and the cruelty that accompanies it, but this is a considerably complex argument that even the most influential thinkers cannot agree on. Oliver Traldi, a graduate student in philosophy, reflects on why we can learn more from the debate surrounding the theory than we can from the notion itself as it fits into a broader context about the relationship between human rationality and politics.