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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I am surveying his survey, comparing his conclusions with conditions for intellectuals now insofar as I understand them. The latter part, as mentioned, focuses on reformation.

You know how the supposed polarity runs, as least according to that ostensible wisdom of the common man: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction.

Apparently the fear derived from some supposed “lack of balance,” a smokescreen and irrelevancy. They are insiders who sometimes revel in torpedoing the knowledge establishment and colleagues from the inside.

Overall the book is well worth reading for an understanding of how such a large proportion of America acquired anti-intellectual sentiments, as well as for providing insight into many cultural and social aspects of American life and history. Oct 05, Sam rated it it was amazing Shelves: At the time of the Revolution, most Protestants belonged to one of three established religions: Each segment – from politics, religion, cultural and education — is traced with the shifting or cyclical position of intellectual life.

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Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

The common man, Joe and Jane Six-Pack, distrusts the bookish man, relegates him to a corner well away from the spotlight. Cooks can be just as valuable as school teachers and we might as well let the market determine fair value. But we have a rich history of it, and its influence in our horstadter matters a lot given our power and influence in the world.

Read it Forward Read it first. Learning physiology, for example, has at times been considered less useful than learning how to exercise, although the latter is an extension of the former.

View all 4 comments. He also looks at the intellectual and non-intellectual tendencies of presidents from the Founding Fathers to the present day.

Paradoxically, Hofstadter argued, that coveted status was the very source of the intellectuals’ vulnerability: Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

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But his indictment of trends in public education strikes me as “spot on,” as the Aussies are wont to say. In politics egalitarianism worked to the detriment of intellectuals.

Liff to bring your son to work than to read to him. Hofstadter’s main problem, as far as I can tell, is that he doesn’t have a working definition for intellectual.


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The conclusion paints an overall picture of the periodic waxing and waning of anti-intellectual sentiment throughout the decades. Schools in America originally conformed to European standards as a way to intellectualiwm the upper classes for further academic studies.

The low status of schoolteachers and low opinion of teacher education programs the historian describes needs no additional comment Anything goes, anybody can post a website, it’s easy, let’s pass our days “surfing”: LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. That’s how I see it. Intellectuals always welcome more data and love nothing more than to be shown wrong and develop even better theories about the world.

Only in the free personal relation is full identity to be found. And I’m using overview in a very poor way — it was excruciatingly detailed. Lists with This Book.