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Purity and Dirt: The Meaning of Cleanliness & Our Obsession With Hygiene

From antibacterial sprays to the obsessive cleaning up of our deeds, attitudes and language, the battle against dirt rages in modern society. What is it about the metaphor of dirt that places practical cleanliness next to godliness? Would embracing our own filth provide a refreshing new insight into how we should live?

FT columnist Harry Eyres, Durham philosopher Gerald Moore, and anthropologist and disgustologist Val Curtis clean up their acts.

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