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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

Hate your neighbour as you hate yourself: prejudice and the psycho-politics of divisiveness.

The critical issue is: why, since we clamour for harmony, do we repeatedly or continuously even, fail to heal the ruptures that divide us? Or, to put it differently, why do we continue to bring about and sustain such fractures? I will argue that prejudice is intrinsic to human nature for the individual as well as for groups. I will suggest too that the injunction to love your neighbour persists less because it is a valued principle in its own right, and more because we have to work hard against our capacity for hatred and against prejudice, one of its tributaries.'