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Masterclass Theodore Dalrymple *

Famous British psychiatrist Theodore Dalrymple gives a masterclass. He argues that present socially liberal and progressive views minimize the responsibility of individuals for their own actions and undermine traditional mores. In this masterclass, Theodore Dalrymple will affirm his views with striking examples. (language: English)

Program information
Date Friday April 7th, 2017
Time 15:30-17:15 hrs
Location Black Box, Esplanade Building, Tilburg University
Registration & information Only students and TiU-employees. Free entrance, registration required via the registration form.
Speaker Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired prison doctor and psychiatrist. Moderator is Maureen Sie, professor philosophy Tilburg University.
Contact Has Klerx and Luc Jeurissen
Organisation Academic Forum in cooperation with ‘Dag van de Filosofie 2017’ and study associations Extra Muros, Complex and Sapientia Ludenda.
*Certificate This activity may count towards the Certificate Academic Forum 2016-2017

Much of the writing of psychiatrist Theodore Dalrymple is based on his experience of working with criminals and the mentally ill. He argues that the socially liberal and progressive views prevalent within Western intellectual circles minimize the responsibility of individuals for their own actions and undermine traditional mores. Theodore Dalrymple will affirm his views in this masterclass with striking examples.

Responsibility

In Dalrymple's view most psychological explanations of human behavior are socially harmful: they allow those who believe in them to evade personal responsibility for their actions and put the blame on a multitude of scapegoats: on their childhood, their genes, their neurochemistry, even on evolutionary pressures. Why is in Dalrymple’s perspective man always responsible for his own choices? Are there no excuses at all?

Discontent

According to Dalrymple, having contradictory desires, man is always subject to frustration, even when happy. For example, we want both adventure and safety, and when we have the one we long for the other. Much of his unhappiness or discontent stems from this inevitable source. Also concerning the structure of society, man thinks that a perfection will resolve all contradictions. But, is it reasonable that we only can blame ourselves for our frustrations?

Academic Forum in cooperation with ‘Dag van de Filosofie 2017’ and study associations Extra Muros, Complex and Sapientia Ludenda.

When: 07 April 2017 15:30

End date: 07 April 2017 17:15