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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It was mostly good, but what he groups under anti-intellectualism gets a little too broad for my liking.

As a result of misapplied Deweyan progressivism, itself fundamentally inconsistent, public education has pushed the smart kids aside: Not much has changed. Hofstadter doesn’t stop there, but goes on to show how this bias against the intellectual is a strain going through every aspect of American life, including agriculture, business, labor organization and even education itself.

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Languages Bahasa Indonesia Edit links. Awesome piece of scholarship and very in depth. It’s a waste of time for them, and a place they are taught to feel inferior. Hofstadter, who was writing antk such a period in the s, not only embedded it in historical context, but showed how such attitudes are part of the dichotomies in the American experience and philosophy.

Richard seemed to imply overall that intelligence is intelligence inside a system and cognition of all the assumptions richarf come within that system.

However, aerican is strikingly relevant for application in our current society. Though it may seem these motives are brand-new, they are not. All of these stories have been told before he wrote this book and after he wrote this book. Every great institution is perforce a means of corruption–whatever good it may also do.


American politics is a struggle between people who believe that an 8th grade education should be sufficient to understand the issues facing us, and people who understand that it is not so. But all in all, a worthy study to ch Continuing my winding journey looking at conspiracy theories and the culture that spawns and supports them, I came across this gem from Hofstadter regarding the anti-intellectualism of the united states from the first colonizers to the ‘s.

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

His work, The American Political Tradition, is an enduring classic study in political history. His works include theā€¦ More about Richard Hofstadter.

View all 7 comments. The paradox is that we have access to more information than ever before but it seems like we only consume and accept what will reinforce narratives we already believe in in pointing this out I’m not saying I’m immune to this myself haha!

He argues that, by the mid-twentieth century, anti-intellectualism was pervasive but not dominant in American culture, claiming that “the greater part of the public Intellectuals-as-reformers do not take center stage except during a few remarkable periods e. From here, he starts to explore what has put the intellectual at odds with the population at large in America since its inception. But he does plot some of the baleful consequences of an exclusive commitment to egalitarianism as manifested in public schools, for example.

So does Hofstadter, whose long view instructs us that, at least for professors-as-intellectuals, we’ve always been a minority game, though once in a while–the first six Presidential administrations, the tenure of both Roosevelts, Wilson, and possibly Kennedy–the life of the mind has been cherished, not scorned, by the masses.


When it was first published, in the early s, it called on America to close the door on McCarthyism and for the Republican Party to open its collective mind to an awareness of where it was dragging American society and America This was my second go-round on this book and inHofstadter’s treatment of American disdain for intellectuals, in particular, and for ideas, more generally, reads like a warning, a jeremiad, even, regarding the downward slide of our political and aesthetic culture.

There was so much here–commentary, history, and well written analysis of current events. That in turn derives from another legacy of business’s pre-eminence: Stevenson wasn’t a real leader or man because he had served in the World Wars only as a civilian.

American religion is a dichotomy between people who believe that understanding not only the Bible, but historical writings in religion and philosophy are important to understanding the word of God. In early 19th century a second wave of evangelicalism changed Protestantism in America. View all 45 comments. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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The puritans and the religious awakenings and Jonathan Edwards, Methodism, Episcopalians are overly familiar to most readers.

This is a well-written, engaging account.

Their physical powers are subdued and their mental capability crammed into narrow limits. Russell Jacoby’s The Last Intellectuals: The book begins with an insightful investigation into what it means to be an intellectual in the first place.

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