MORTON DEUTSCH is Edward Lee Thorndike Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Resolution of Conflict and Distributive Justice. He has been elected president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and the International Society of Political Psychology.
Psychological Roots of Moral Exclusion
Article first published online: 14 APR 2010
1990 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 46, Issue 1, pages 21–25, Spring 1990
How to Cite
Deutsch, M. (1990), Psychological Roots of Moral Exclusion. Journal of Social Issues, 46: 21–25. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.1990.tb00269.x
- Issue published online: 14 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 14 APR 2010
This paper asks whether or not there is a need, which emerges inescapably during the course of human development, to identify some people as allies and others as enemies. In answering this question, it describes the potential for moral splitting within all of us, and the circumstances that activate this potential.