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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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. Race and America’s Long War.

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

He examines, ponders, wonders, imagines whereas the intelligent man grasps, manipulates and creates order. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

In teacher education curricula, “exceptionality” has been, for some while, a subfield and subject of one or more courses. In the years since “the new demand for academic excellence,” a periodic hue and cry, has not made much difference in praxis, which fact fits Hofstadter’s long view of educational reform: He examines the Puritan strain in the American mind and its conflict with secularism in the 18th century; he goes on to the Populist stupidity of glorifying the everyman, while denouncing the expert; to the superstition of revivalist and evangelical religion in both Great Awakenings and the s and the s ; and looking at the beginnings of the New Left though it didn’t yet have that name when the book was publishedthe excessive egalitarianism of the left in the s.

I have suggested that in some sense he lives for ideas—which means that he has a sense of dedication to the life of the mind which is very much like a religious commitment. Anything goes, anybody can post a website, it’s easy, let’s pass our days “surfing”: Here some notes — I did not know Richard Hofstadter before reading this book, which first published inwinner of the Pulitzer of that year.


These signs suggest we simply don’t take public education seriously, don’t require enough homework or high standards, at least compared to many First Nofstadter countries. Dec 01, Gary rated it it was ok. These schools will monopolize all avenues of approach to the Government. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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Hofstader plots the increasingly vocational complexion of colleges and universities during the twentieth century, claiming that parents now “send [their sons–and daughters] for the gains measurable in cold cash which are supposedly attainable through vocational training” View all 31 comments.

Its concern is not merely to portray intllectualism 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 What a prescient book. They create things to love lifw be friends with. His objection to big business was more to help small business than the working man. Gives me a lot to think about, and I’m still processing what I have learned. One recalls the gospel according to Calvin Coolidge: 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 hofdtadter is not so.

Escaping from aristocracy and a highly educated strictly structured clergy, evangelicals became firmly established in America. That has been the case, more or less, hofstadtsr our local school district.

In my career, the case could be made that intellectuals, academic or otherwise, have been placed so far from centers of influence or leadership that they no longer even merit the role of scapegoats as they did, to some extent, half a century ago.

I feel only marginally better studying Hofstadter’s history of the big gap between our deep-rooted valuation of a common school system and the chronic calls for educational reform. We define our virtual landscape according to text messaging, blogs what a word! I really appreciated his evaluation of religion, business, ati education coupled with this issue of practicality vs.


During times in the 20th century when intellectuals were accepted, at least tolerated, many felt uncomfortable at no longer being alienated. Smart kids, whether called geeks or some other label, command ant prestige within the classroom or curriculum, or from administrators or parents.

Running commented in the press that he has never before been cancelled richadr any organization. The fear and loathing for the intellectual in America dates back to before the founding of the republic. In these he documents American patterns of evangelism, primitivism, business activism, and egalitarianism, in each case tracing the story from the eighteenth century through the mid-twentieth century.

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

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Hofstadter distinguishes between being intellectual and just being intelligent. With the exception of both Roosevelts and Woodrow Wilson, most of our history richadr the term of John Quincy Adams demonstrates the primacy of the common man over the intellectual. Feb 07, Ed rated it really liked it.

Don’t have an account? A society whose leaders preach “an empire of evil” or “an axis of evil” sees richadd world in black and white terms as do fundamentalist Muslims such as the Taliban: He had never regarded the average citizen with disdain; indeed, as this exhibition demonstrateshe was quite willing to intervene in public debate and to engage a broad audience.

In politics egalitarianism worked to the detriment of intellectuals. Nov 09, Jonathan rated im it was amazing. All that might fall under the rubrik of “anti-intellectual,” but that’s putting forward an awfully narrow and conservative idea of what “intellectual” is.