On Thursday, May 18th at 12 PM (CET), we are hosting the CAS SEE Seminar with Paul Dumouchel on Violence and accusation, in conversation with our Fellow Andreas Wilmes.

Yorgos Christidis

Paul Dumouchel

Until recently professor at the Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, where he thought political philosophy and philosophy of science.

Author of Emotions (Seuil, 1999), The Ambivalence of Scarcity and Other Essays (2014), and The Barren Sacrifice (2015) both at Michigan State University Press. With Reiko Gotoh he edited Against Injustice: The New Economics of Amartya Sen (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and Social Bonds as Freedom (Berghahn Books, 2015).

His most recent book, with Luisa Damiano, is Vivre avec les robots (Seuil, 2016). The English translation-Living with Robots (Harvard University Press) came out in 2017 and the Italian and Korean translation in 2019. He is presently Associate Professor at the department of philosophy of the Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada.

About the Seminar

I want to reflect on the importance of accusations, especially, but not only, in collective violence.

It is common to insist on the role of dehumanization in genocides and other phenomena of mass violence. Dehumanization reduces others to the status of usually despised animals: cockroaches, pigs, snakes, earthworms or even that of objects, dust. This abusive and degrading language is viewed as a factor that leads to subsequent violence. Accusation, to the opposite, as argues Tricaud (1972), is a form of ethical or moral aggression, a completely different type of speech act. One which, instead of describing the other as less than human, constitutes the victim as in some way responsible she suffers.

Rather than dehumanizing, accusations to some extent humanize the victim and there, in the agency of the victim, accusers find the reason and justification of their violence.

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