Richard Hofstadter’s famous Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, his tenth book, earned him the Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction (). This “personal book,”. For the ages For Hofstadter, pictured here in , anti-intellectualism was an By the time Anti-Intellectualism in American Life was published (), he was a . Anti-intellectualism in American Life was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Non- Fiction. It is a book which throws light on many features of the American.

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Or Choteau, where, midway through the school year, the new superintendent cancelled a planned speech by University of Montana climatologist and Nobel Prize co-winner Steve Running. Unless a man can pass one or another of these schools and be enrolled upon their lists he cannot receive employment under this Government, no matter hofstaster great may be his capacity, how indisputable his qualifications. Could have been edited down as well.

Or how might he characterize our supposedly post-print culture suggested by the plummeting rates of reading highlighted by the survey mentioned in my beginning? Intellectuals always welcome more data and inteklectualism nothing more than to be shown wrong and develop even better theories about the world.

I’m pretty oife he doesn’t mean to make those equivalencies, but it’s sort of a problem with the project. Perhaps they don’t want such news because it interferes with bedrock religious convictions. If anti-intellectualism runs in cycles, the ‘s constituting a high point, has that lingered through the present or is the notion of cycles no longer evident or valid?

The intelligent person has clear goals that can easily be appreciated by anyone. I do not find the closing analysis a persuasive explanation for his subject in the later twentieth century.

And it does so largely without judgement, even though the overall thrust of the book is an argument that the disapproval of education and knowledge for their own sake tend to undermine our social structures and retard our advancement as a nation.

Only in the free personal relation is full identity to be found. A little dry in places. This belief, that religion should be a personal experience to which everyone should have unmediated access, was of course an outgrowth of Protestantism in many ways, and became strongly linked in the late 19th Century with the rise in populist democratic sentiment. Hofstader is a great writer and historian imo.


Also by Richard Hofstadter. The myth can be a lens through which to interpret various administrations. Administrators don’t care or plead insufficient monies.

Perhaps nothing symbolized this more than the appointment of Hofstadter’s colleague, the historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. An exploration of nature that forces readers to consider intellectualiem threat posed by human behavior to a world of astonishing diversity.

In light of the level of intellextualism constitutes political, social, and cultural discourse in the United States today and out of total frustration with my college ameriacn who have emerged from schools that want them to “feel good about themselves” and have both lowered expectations and inflated grades, it was time to pull it off the bookshelf, dust it off, and give it a reread.

If we wonder why Americans seem “dumber” than ever, this book offers an argument that stands up well today. American education has been, and continues to be, plagued by a misunderstanding of “democracy” – having high-achievers and low-achievers does not make a school undemocratic – as well as a very practical “preparation for life” curriculum which considers theory irrelevant in comparison to practice.

This is not surprising, for in a very important way the role of the intellectual is inherited from the office of cleric: The term, attached to Adlai Stevenson and the intellecgualism presidential intellcetualism, was seized upon and diffused by a range of anti-intellectual forces. The final chapter is nearly a call to armsfor American intellectuals to counteract the ignorance that exists within our country, and not stand for being conformed into the current American society.

But his point was not simply intellcetualism intellectuals were in danger of being persecuted; instead, he sought to explore the dilemmas of the individual who pursues the life of the mind in a culture overwhelmingly devoted to practical, business-oriented pursuits. Running commented in the press that he has never before been cancelled by any organization.


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It is a rich, complex, shifting picture of the life of the mind in a society dominated by the ideal of practical success. What has been the impact of business American style upon higher education?

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Largely a twentieth-century phenomenon, the literature of inspiration, suffused with business terminology, matches the literature of advancement, of getting ahead. As he matured, he culturally identified hofstadetr primarily as a Jew, rather than as a Protestant Christian, a stance that eventually may have cost him professorships at Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Berkeley, because of the institutional antisemitism of the s.

What I fear is a government of experts.

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

In this award-winning classic work of consensus history, Richard Hofstadter, author of The Age of Reformexamines the role of social movements in the perception of intellect in American life. He brought in a host of talented educated men to his administration.

Intellect evaluates evaluations and looks for the meanings of situations as a whole. The fundamentalist religion with a fundamental Americanism often exhibits a mind totally committed and entirely refuse of challenge.

Although the book reads much more like an academic book than I expect from Pulitzer winners, it provides a context that is necessary to understand our current cycle of anti-expertise reactions. We don’t want current environmental data, a series of wake-up calls, interfering with fundamental Christian conviction confirming a benign God and humans as his chosen over the earth.

The party is making a very profound contribution to the radicalization of the Hofstaadter people More often than not, Hofstadter’s analysis of anti-intellectualism retains its currency and relevance after forty-five years. I have lived in Poland, Bulgaria, and Australia, and have some idea of what is required of college-bound fifteen-year-olds in those countries.

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