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The Prejudice of Intellectuals:

Beauty, intellect, and power

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Jim Crace, Hannah Dawson, Catherine Hakim. Julian Baggini hosts.

We openly discriminate in favour of intelligence - at school and at work - while we often seek to deny or limit the role of physical beauty. Might this be a mistake? Should we accept the many different qualities of individuals and prize them equally, or would this undermine our society and lead to ruin?

The Panel

LSE Sociologist and Erotic Capital theorist Catherine Hakim, historian of ideas Hannah Dawson and acclaimed novelist Jim Crace debate the values of the mind and the body.

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  • Jim Crace
    The Pitch
    Beauty should not be valued over intellect
  • Catherine Hakim
    The Pitch
    We should positively discriminate for beauty
  • Hannah Dawson
    The Pitch
    People do discriminate based on beauty and we should fight against it
  • The Debate
    Theme One
    Beauty and discrimination
  • The Debate
    Theme Two
    The value of intelligence
  • The Debate
    Theme Three
    After meritocracy
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Corina on 27/09/2013 4:06pm

It's time to put righteousness for righteousness sake to bed. Everyone can surely agree that it's an innate feature in all humans to assess physical attractivenes when forming a first impression of a person. There's nothing we can do about it and artificially pretending that it's not so is just ridiculous. You can despair about it and make heartfelt pleas like Dawson does but Hakim is right, we just have to deal with it!

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