Anti-intellectualism in American Life, Volume 713
Knopf, 1963 - 434 pages
Winner of the 1964 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction
Anti-Intellectualism in American Life is a book which throws light on many features of the American character. Its concern is not merely to portray the scorners of intellect in American life, but to say something about what the intellectual is, and can be, as a force in a democratic society.
As Mr. Hofstadter unfolds the fascinating story, it is no crude battle of eggheads and fatheads. It is a rich, complex, shifting picture of the life of the mind in a society dominated by the ideal of practical success. --Robert Peel in the Christian Science Monitor
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In headlong rebellion against the European past , Americans thought of “ decadent ” Europe as more barbarous than “ natural ” America ; they feared that their own advancing civilization was “ artificial ” and might estrange them from ...
... new educators ' pronouncements , with their stress on such terms as spontaneity , instinct , activity , and nature , we become aware of the way in which the problem of education is posed . The child is a phenomenon at once natural ...
It is interesting , too , that just as Parker clung to the value of grammar , Hall did not think that the study of the classical languages had been altogether eliminated by this emphasis on natural development .
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LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - arosoff - LibraryThing
After 50 years, Richard Hofstadter’s analysis of anti-intellectualism in America is not just a historical curiosity; it’s a vital work that continues to inform modern thought and policy. When we see ... Consulter l'avis complet
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The most interesting parts were in the historical observations. The fifth part on anti-intellectualism in education, particularly concerning the state of secondary education seemed irrelevant; at ... Consulter l'avis complet
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