Good and Evil in the Garden of Art

978-0-9859052-4-8
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267 pages, 5" x 8", paperbound with French flaps, introduction publication date: March 2016

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Good and Evil in the Garden of Art

Discrimination as the Guarantor of Civilization

Daniels, Anthony

In this book of essays Anthony Daniels tackles the complex relation between good and bad art on the one hand and good and bad ideas on the other. In several essays he contrasts authors or artists whom he considers good with those he considers bad, and tries to explain why his opinion is not merely a matter of individual taste but is based upon reason as well as taste.

He argues that judgment and discrimination (between good and bad, beautiful and ugly) are intrinsic to any conceivable human existence, indeed to thought itself, and that the pretense that they are avoidable, that one can indefinitely suspend judgment, are merely a means by which bad or false judgments are smuggled into public life.

Anthony Daniels was born in London in 1949. He practiced as a doctor until 2005 when he retired. He has published widely in many newspapers in the English-language press, and his work has appeared in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Sweden, and Brazil. He has published more than twenty books, including Romancing Opiates and In Praise of Prejudice for Encounter Books.