In Praise of Prejudice

In Praise of Prejudice

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by Theodore Dalrymple
     
 

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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

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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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ISBN-13:
9781594032028
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Publication date:
09/25/2007
Series:
Brief Encounters Series
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
695,554
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

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In Praise of Prejudice 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Novanglus70 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
willyvan More than 1 year ago
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.