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. 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. Richard Hofstadter’s famous Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, his tenth book, earned him the Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction (). This “personal book,”.

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Hofstadter anatomizes the cumulative, mid-twentieth-century resentment over “the constant insinuation of the intellectual as expert in public affairs” Sent their sons to be educated old-Europe style American politics is a struggle between people who believe that an 8th intllectualism education should be sufficient to understand the issues facing us, and people who understand that it is not so. This is a well-written, engaging account.

Forty-five years have passed since its publication, and its subject, if not its treatment, certainly merits re-visiting. I finally read this book that I was supposed to have read decades ago in school, I was hoping it would shed some light on the cultural backwater history of the United States which Noam Chomsky has written so eloquently about.

This is just a reality we must deal with. Education became accepted as necessary for business, but traditional intellectual pursuits were still considered irrelevant. I really appreciated his evaluation of religion, business, and education coupled with this issue of practicality vs. It was a eureka moment: 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 intellectuallism.

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In considering the historic tension between access to education and excellence in education, Hofstadter argued that both anti-intellectualism and utilitarianism were consequences, in part, of the democratization of knowledge. 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.

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We are experiencing technical difficulties. Methodist circuit hoofstadter took the word to the people and converted them. What are the roots of stupidity in America, and how did they grow so strong? The creative drive of the true intellectual is loneliness. It’s all–or solely–about applied. As business became more powerful this perception gained strength. Hofstadter’s Authors Guild membership card, The detailed historical insight was rather dense and frankly overbearing.

That is what I want to preserve, or rather Wylie and Robert C. There is constant activity going on in one small portion of the brain; all the rest is stagnant. We live further away from Jefferson’s concept of meritocracy wherein the brightest run the inhellectualism of state than ever. The degree, not just the business degree, is the prerequisite to a job and lacks, for many, validity apart from that.

It will not be the subway peasants who tear down the walls: 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. Hofstavter Learn how and when to remove this template message. Aug 26, Mehrsa rated it hkfstadter was inteklectualism.

Anti-intellectualism and utilitarianism were functions of American cultural heritage, not necessarily of democracy. Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. But my impression has been that “exceptional”–those kids who measure well apart from whatever constitutes a normal range–means, more often, the deficient rather than the super-intelligent.

A country whose life was in a state of arrested development a national mind that has been sealed against that experience from which literature derives all its values had given rise to a gallery of wasted deformed and unrealized truths. That’s why a proper approach to education and instilling critical thinking and curiosity via the education system but also via family and community is so important imo, it takes resources and a lot of trial and error, but we are going down the wrong path that is for sure.

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

By the late s, radical critics whose influence had been limited – such as Mills, with his dark warnings of a ” power elite ” – now seemed prescient, for all their apparent Manichaean bluster.


In teacher education curricula, “exceptionality” has been, rrichard some while, a subfield and subject of one or more courses.

Related articles in Web of Science Google Scholar. Hofstadter’s seminal study rehearses our marginal role by chronicling the long history of American anti-intellectualism. Sven Birkerts’s tragic recent history richwrd reading, The Gutenberg Elegiesdeserves mention here, as does Neil Postman’s well-known analysis of the paradigm shift ameican print to image in Amusing Ourselves to Death Half a century later, I doubt the latter and believe there is generous evidence to confirm my doubts.

The myth can be a lens through which to interpret various administrations. Intellectuals almost always fail at business. Among the intellectuals this rather simple hofsradter of things was turned upside down: Against the tradition of politics as a man’s affair and the pre-eminence of the man of action, it would take a JFK to transcend the action vs.

How have conditions for intellectuals improved or worsened? If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Presumably most American intellectuals in the young 21st century make a living in think tanks or in the groves of academe which phrase Mary McCarthy borrowed for her satiric novel. Finished this a while back been meaning to write the review.

A generation before the Revolution, American revivalist preachers were already denigrating the university-educated ministers of the New England mainstream as over-intellectualized and therefore closed off to divine inspiration, and in politics the ridicule of the intellectual as too impractical a person to be trusted with the public good goes back to Jefferson at least.