In Praise of Prejudice

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Today, the word prejudice has come to seem synonymous with bigotry; therefore the only way a person can establish freedom from bigotry is by claiming to have wiped his mind free from prejudice. English psychiatrist and writer Theodore Dalrymple shows that freeing the mind from prejudice is not only impossible, but entails intellectual, moral and emotional dishonesty. The attempt to eradicate prejudice has several dire consequences for the individual and society as a whole. ...
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In Praise of Prejudice: How Literary Critics and Social Theorists Are Murdering Our Past

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Today, the word prejudice has come to seem synonymous with bigotry; therefore the only way a person can establish freedom from bigotry is by claiming to have wiped his mind free from prejudice. English psychiatrist and writer Theodore Dalrymple shows that freeing the mind from prejudice is not only impossible, but entails intellectual, moral and emotional dishonesty. The attempt to eradicate prejudice has several dire consequences for the individual and society as a whole.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594032028
  • Publisher: Encounter Books
  • Publication date: 9/25/2007
  • Series: Brief Encounters Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 838,835
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Prejudice Is Wrong, So Lack of Prejudice Is Right     1
The Uses of Metaphysical Skepticism     6
History Teaches Us Anything We Like     8
Why We Prefer the History of Disaster to that of Achievement     13
The Effect of Pedagogy Without Prejudice     17
Prejudice Necessary to Family Life     21
One Prejudice Always Replaced by Another     25
The Cruel Effect of Not Instilling the Right Prejudices     30
The Inevitability of Prejudice     33
The Conventionality of Unconventionality     39
The Overestimation of Rationality in Choice     42
Authority Necessary to the Accumulation of Knowledge     47
The Supposed Equality of All Opinions, Provided They Are One's Own     52
Custom Supposedly Wrong Because It Is Custom     55
A Partial Reading of Mill Leads to Unbridled Egotism     60
The Difficulty of Founding Common Decency on First Principles     63
The Law of Conservation of Righteous Indignation, and its Connections to the Expansion of Human Rights     68
The Paradox of Radical Individualism Leading to Authoritarianism     72
Racial Discrimination Being Bad, All Discrimination is Bad     75
Rejection of Prejudice Not a Good in Itself     79
The Impossibility of the Mind as a Blank Slate     85
The Ideal of Equality of Opportunity Necessary to a World Without Prejudice     90
Equality of Opportunity Inherently Totalitarian     94
The Rejection of Authority as Egotism     100
Prejudice a Requirement of Benevolence     104
The Dire Social Effects of Abandoning Certain Prejudices     107
The Inescapability of Commandments of Which Justification Is Unprovable     114
The Exercise of Judgment Unavoidable, Even in the Absence of Metaphysically Unassailable Principles, and Therefore Prejudices Necessary and Salutary     119
No Virtue Without Prejudice     123
Index     127
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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    A well reasoned argument

    The first reviewer obviously has not bothered to read the book, but instead, has decided to simply judge the book by it's cover, literally it seems. That is ironic because the strikes me as prejudicial. The truth is the author is making the argument that a well trained and experienced mind can and should make life decisions based on those experiences. It is the sign of a simple mind that assumes the author is arguing for racial prejudice, which the author takes the pains to dispel, just because "Praise" and "Prejudice" is in the title. Read the book. Dalrymple presents an excellent argument.

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

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    Foolish and unintelligent waffle

    In praise of prejudice? Against reason then?
    He writes in favour of following our preconceived ideas. Surely this raises the question - which are preconceived ideas?
    In Pakistan, for example, these ideas are fairly likely, not inevitably, going to be reactionary and Muslim. Is that really OK by Dr D?
    What if your preconceived ideas are those of liberty, equality and fraternity? Would DR D be happy with that?
    Really, his thinking is just a silliness and a muddle, confused and confusing.

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