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Admirable Evasions

Author : Theodore Dalrymple
ISBN : 9781594037887
Genre : Psychology
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In Admirable Evasions, Theodore Dalrymple explains why human self-understanding has not been bettered by the false promises of the different schools of psychological thought. Most psychological explanations of human behavior are not only ludicrously inadequate oversimplifications, argues Dalrymple, they are socially harmful in that they allow those who believe in them to evade personal responsibility for their actions and to put the blame on a multitude of scapegoats: on their childhood, their genes, their neurochemistry, even on evolutionary pressures. Dalrymple reveals how the fashionable schools of psychoanalysis, behaviorism, modern neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology all prevent the kind of honest self-examination that is necessary to the formation of human character. Instead, they promote self-obsession without self-examination, and the gross overuse of medicines that affect the mind. Admirable Evasions also considers metaphysical objections to the assumptions of psychology, and suggests that literature is a far more illuminating window into the human condition than psychology could ever hope to be.
Category: Psychology

Admirable Evasions

Author : Theodore Dalrymple
ISBN : 1594037876
Genre : Philosophy
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In Admirable Evasions, Theodore Dalrymple explains why human self-understanding has not been bettered by the false promises of the different schools of psychological thought. Most psychological explanations of human behavior are not only ludicrously inadequate oversimplifications, argues Dalrymple, they are socially harmful in that they allow those who believe in them to evade personal responsibility for their actions and to put the blame on a multitude of scapegoats: on their childhood, their genes, their neurochemistry, even on evolutionary pressures. Dalrymple reveals how the fashionable schools of psychoanalysis, behaviorism, modern neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology all prevent the kind of honest self-examination that is necessary to the formation of human character. Instead, they promote self-obsession without self-examination, and the gross overuse of medicines that affect the mind. Admirable Evasions also considers metaphysical objections to the assumptions of psychology, and suggests that literature is a far more illuminating window into the human condition than psychology could ever hope to be.
Category: Philosophy

Spoilt Rotten

Author : Theodore Dalrymple
ISBN : 1906142254
Genre : Children
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In 'Spoilt Rotten', well-known social commentator Theodore Dalrymple grinds his axe at our child-centric culture where children have become the yardstick of everything we do, safe driving, education, taking of responsibility (none), sentimentality (everywhere).
Category: Children

Anything Goes

Author : Theodore Dalrymple
ISBN : 1906308098
Genre : Great Britain
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A collection of never-before-seen pieces from one of Britain's most respected, admired and controversial commentators. Drawing on his vast experience as an inner-city doctor, Theodore Dalrymple, sometimes described as 'the Orwell of our times', examines the state of the NHS, the education system, British crime and criminal justice and, of course, politics. Eagerly awaited by his many fans, his stories dissect modern Britain in the way only Theodore Dalrymple can.
Category: Great Britain

Farewell Fear

Author : Theodore Dalrymple
ISBN : 0985439475
Genre : English essays
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Farewell Fear is a collection of Theodore Dalrymple's finest essays written for New English Review between 2009 and 2012. His first such collection was Anything Goes (2011). Once encountered, Theodore Dalrymple has become for many of us a shared treasure-the cultured, often mordantly funny social commentator who was for many years a psychiatrist at a British prison. This collection of recent essays captures Dalrymple at his best, ruminating at one moment about why poisoners tend to be more interesting than other kinds of murderers and at another why Tony Blair's mind reminds him of an Escher drawing. No one else writes so engagingly and so candidly about the world as it is, not as the politically correct would have it be. -- Dr. Charles Murray author of Coming Apart and The Bell Curve
Category: English essays

In Praise Of Prejudice

Author : Theodore Dalrymple
ISBN : 9781594032028
Genre : Family & Relationships
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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.
Category: Family & Relationships

Romancing Opiates

Author : Theodore Dalrymple
ISBN : UOM:39015062540771
Genre : Psychology
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Challenges conventional ideas about opiate addiction, arguing that an uncritical acceptance of literary and anecdotal accounts has resulted in romanticization and misguided treatment efforts.
Category: Psychology

Life At The Bottom

Author : Theodore Dalrymple
ISBN : 9781615780198
Genre : Social Science
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A searing account of life in the underclass and why it persists as it does, written by a British psychiatrist.
Category: Social Science

Our Culture What S Left Of It

Author : Theodore Dalrymple
ISBN : STANFORD:36105114236172
Genre : Social Science
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A book that restores our faith in the central importance of literature and criticism to our civilization. In the twenty six pieces Dr. Dalrymple ranges over literature and ideas, from Shakespeare to Marx.
Category: Social Science

Out Into The Beautiful World

Author : Theodore Dalrymple
ISBN : 1943003025
Genre : Nature
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When I was a young man I thought that metaphysics was the most exciting (and important) thing in the world. I wish now that I had not wasted so much time on the imponderable questions of metaphysics but had used it to more worthwhile effect. Rather than study philosophy, I should have studied insects. In the little essays that follow, I have no grand theory to prove, no single message to convey. Small things and slight occurrences have caught my attention and caused me to reflect a little. I hope only to please the reader. - Theodore Dalrymple
Category: Nature