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ERIC Number: ED369318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 179
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ISBN: ISBN-0-8018-4433-9
Intellect and Public Life: Essays on the Social History of Academic Intellectuals in the United States.
Bender, Thomas
Eight essays discuss the relation of urban patterns of intellectual life and academic forms of higher learning. Themes that run through the essays include: the increasing incorporation of academic culture into the center of American life, socially and intellectually, is accompanied and causally related to a progressive impoverishment of the public sphere; and intellectuals turned to academic culture as a hedge against the market--whether to insist upon the superiority of honor to market values, or for a sanctuary from intellectual chaos and competitiveness, or to purify and clarify discourse, even at the risk of social irrelevance. Part I contains three essays on 19th century origins of academic culture. The are: "The Cultures of Intellectual Life: The City and the Professions";"Science and the Culture of American Communities"; and "The Erosin of Public Culture: Cities, Discourses, and Professional Disciplines." Part II focuses on 20th century patterns, in four essays: "E.R.A. Seligman and the Vocation of Social Science,""The Emergence of the New York Intellectuals: Modernism, Cosmopolitanism, and Nationalism,""The Historian and Public Life: Charles A. Beard and the City," and "Lionel Trilling and American Culture." A final essay is titled "Academic Knowledge and Political Democracy in the Age of the University." An epilogue concludes the volume. (Reference notes accompany each essay.) (JDD)
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218-4319 ($31.95).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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