Burke and Prejudice

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Burke and Prejudice Through his definition, or use, of the word ‘prejudice’, Burke refers not to racial or gender-based  prejudice, with its corresponding negative connotations, as the word would often imply today, but to a  tool used to great effect for decision-making. A prejudice, according to Burke in  Reflections on the  French Revolution , is a notion held without direct contemplation of its truth, an idea borrowed from  “the general bank and capital of nations and of ages”. He says that it is also more convenient to rely  on prejudices than to attempt to discern things at every turn, which would "leave the man hesitating 
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Unformatted text preview: in the moment of decision, skeptical, puzzled, and unresolved". Burke concludes from this that there are positive implications to man being a creature of prejudice, rather than reason and that is only through the existence of prejudice that duty becomes a part of nature. He links prejudice to every part of our daily lives, stating that it is convention and habit that generate our social behaviour and our interaction with society through virtually instinctive responses, and these responses, according to Burke, are also known under one name – prejudice. 12 May 2009...
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