Anti-Intellectualism in American Life
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 4 janv. 2012 - 464 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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But one thing should be particularly clear at the beginning: what I have done is merely to use the idea of antiintellectualisrn as a device for looking at various aspects, hardly the most appealing, of American society and culture.
The intellectual . . . is on the run today in American society." ' All this seemed to be amply justified when the new administration got under way. The replacement, in Stevenson's phrase, of the New Dealers by the car dealers seemed to ...
... the United States is no more than the result of a special, and possibly parochial, interest in American society. ... been present in some form and degree in most societies; in one it takes the form of the administering of hemlock, ...
But in a world full of dangers, the danger that American society as a whole will overesteem intellect or assign it such a ... and awe with suspicion and resentment; and this has been true in many societies and phases of human history.
 CHAPTER II On the Unpopularity of Intellect a B aroma attempting to estimate the qualities in our society that make intellect unpopular, it seems necessary to say something about what intellect is usually understood to be.
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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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