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In Praise of Prejudice

Theodore Dalrymple

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(Encounter Books, Jackson, Tennessee, 2007)
Hardcover: 129 pages
ISBN: 9781594032028
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To call someone prejudiced is to relegate him to the lowest rung of intellectual life. But is there anyone who isn’t prejudiced? As Dr Dalrymple argues in this brief and bracing rehabilitation both of prejudice itself and the necessity of prejudice, anyone who walks out into the world completely unprejudiced is as helpless as a newborn babe.

In fact, as Dr Dalrymple shows, prejudice is at the root of most virtue as well as of a lot of vice. To expect people to work out all their morals for themselves from first principles is to expect far too much from them. It is not only unrealistic, it is harmful.

The pretence that we can be totally unprejudiced, argues Dr Dalrymple, who speaks from wide clinical experience as a doctor in a slum hospital and the prison next door, is a pretext for licentiousness and lack of self-control, to the detriment not only of the individuals themselves but of society as a whole.

Prejudice is not just a matter of derogatory stereotyping of racial groups (though it may certainly include that). It is also the foundation of social virtue. To read Dr Dalrymple to is let him destroy your prejudice against prejudice.

About the author

Theodore Dalrymple is a psychiatrist and prison doctor who treats heroin addicts. He writes a column for the London Spectator, contributes frequently to the Daily Telegraph, and is a contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal. He lives in Birmingham, England.


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