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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This is not to say that he scorns the practical : the intrinsic intellectual interest of many practical problems is utterly absorbing . Still less is it to say that he is impractical ; he is simply concerned with something else ...
That smacks altogether too much of vivisection ... men untainted with any practical experience ... government by amateurs - college boys , irrespective of their age — who have drunk deep , perhaps of the Pierian spring , have recently ...
And they are not without a certain respect for mind ; under modern technological conditions , they must , in any case , more or less regularly call upon mind for practical counsel . Finally , being rather more human than otherwise ...
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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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