In Praise of Prejudice: The Necessity of Preconceived Ideas

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Encounter Books, 2007 - Psychology - 129 pages
Prejudice, wrote Edmund Burke, renders a man's virtue his habit. How strange that sounds to modern ears! In recent times, the word prejudice has come to seem synonymous with bigotry. Racial prejudice is taken to be typical of prejudice in general, and therefore the only way in which a person can establish his freedom from bigotry is by claiming to have wiped his mind free from prejudice altogether.In this wise and sprightly book, Theodore Dalrymple shows that this is impossible. It is impossible because no one can keep his mind as a blank slate on all questions until those questions are examined one by one. He also shows that the attempt to free oneself entirely from prejudice has several bad consequences, both for the person who makes the claim and for society as a whole.

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Sooner or later, the English language is going to get its act together and acquire a few philosophical terms that are free of the miasma of assumptions and, well, prejudices that all of its current ... Read full review

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This is a conservative’s attack on individualism coupled to egotism with a comma. Which is a favourite enemy of the whole of the left as well, “individualism, egotism” there being contrasted with ... Read full review


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