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Theodore Dalrymple

United Kingdom, 1949

Theodore Dalrymple, pseudonym of Anthony Daniels, is a cultural critic and former psychiatrist. His experiences as a prison doctor convinced him that cultural relativism, multiculturalism and the neglect of personal responsibility have led to a decline of Western culture, a view expressed in books such as Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass (2001), Our Culture, What’s Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses (2005) and Not With a Bang But a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline (2009). In Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality (2010) Dalrymple analyzed the danger of replacing reason with emotions. More recent works include Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality (2015) and In Praise of Folly: The Blind-spots of Our Mind (2019).

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