In Praise of Folly (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
224
Utgivningsdatum
2019-09-05
Förlag
Gibson Square Books Ltd
Dimensioner
132 x 198 x 17 mm
Vikt
214 g
ISBN
9781783341412
In Praise of Folly (häftad)

In Praise of Folly

The Blind-spots of Geniuses

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Travelling to the hard-living Dylan Thomas's Boathouse in Laugharne, Wales, psychiatrist Theodore Dalrymple considered along the way another foible - the folly of eminent people. Praised for their attainments in one area, high-achievers are more often than not prone to unexpected failings elsewhere. Enter a large cast of anti- and vivisectionists, surgeons, theologians, philosophers, admirals, judges, astrophysicists, Nazi-leaning homoeopaths, and writers such as D.H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, P.G. Wodehouse, and Conan Doyle. In his pithy and amusing style, Dalrymple casts a sobering light on an insuppressible trait of ours - the fallibility of the human mind.
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'Moves from the elegiac to the entertainingly ruthless in a single paragraph.' The Oldie: 'Characteristic acuity about human nature.' Catholic Herald: 'One of our most celebrated essayists.' Mail on Sunday

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Theodore Dalrymple is a psychiatrist who acts as expert-witness in murder trials and has a column in The Oldie magazine. After working as a doctor in Africa and the Gilbert Islands, he returned to Britain and has worked in prisons and hospitals in the East End of London, the Midlands, and Birmingham. He is a contributor to The Times, Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, Spectator, and the British Medical Journal. He is the author of several books, including the acclaimed Spoil Rotten, The Knife Went In, Litter, and the Pleasure of Thinking.

Innehållsförteckning

1 Everywhere is Interesting - `I've been to England' 2 Natural Selection - The Staffordshire Bull Terrier 3 Shame - A Most Democratic Institution 4 Pain in the Room - Shocking Pink 5 Bullying - Guinea Pigs 6 Heredity - Twisting Round a Stick 7 Insanity - Paler in the Shade 8 Religion - Strange Positions 9 Free Will - Headless Frogs 10 Respect - Our Own Book 11 Change - A Pugilist at Work 12 Love - Chien professeur 13 Suffering - Drought and Leanness 14 `I feel it more' - D.H. Lawrence 15 Politics - Trinidadian Oranges 16 Causality - Kindred Delusions 17 Siren Questions - Delia Bacon 18 Coincidences - Oversmoking 19 Metaphysics - More Moral Children 20 Genius - The Indoor Aquarium 21 Goodness - The Conquest of Britain 22 Truth - Criticism that Truly Stings 23 Consciousness - `I say, Jeeves' 24 Excess - Holy Fools 25 Roles - Dylan Thomas 26 Hellfire