Dehumanization And How It Affects The History Of Psychology

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Abstract Despite dehumanization being an important phenomenon in social psychology, it has been neglected by some philosophers. It has extensive ramifications for moral philosophy. Study of dehumanization in psychological aspects is very crucial as it has implications for diverse areas as conceptions of what is humanity, notions of racism and race, genocide and war. This paper will analyze slavery on concepts of dehumanization and how it affected the history of psychology. Works of various prominent figures in the history of psychology will be analyzed, and their implications put forth. The paper will further discuss and analyze how an individual’s concepts contribute to the development of the modern psychology and how their ideas are employed in the contemporary society. Introduction In the 17th century, the colonists in both North America and Caribbean regarded and treated African slaves merely as subhuman creatures. An Anglican clergyman of that period studied the aspects of slavery and how that influenced the African-Americans. He observed that slavery had three fundamental components of dehumanization. The main concern was the association between the appearances of the slaves and their actual or real nature; they believed that the Africans only resembled human beings but were not human beings. The second concern was attributed to the dehumanized population human essence; the colonialists believed that the African lacked human essence. Finally, the colonialists

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