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Intellectual Life in America: A History

Intellectual Life in America: A History

Lewis Perry
3.2/5 (7 ratings)
This historical study of intellectuals asks, for every period, who they were, how important they were, and how they saw themselves in relation to other Americans. Lewis Perry considers intellectuals in their varied historical roles as learned gentlemen, as clergymen and public figures, as professionals, as freelance critics, and as a professoriate.

Looking at the changing reputation of the intellect itself, Perry examines many forms of anti-intellectualism, showing that some of these were encouraged by intellectuals as surely as by their antagonists. This work is interpretative, critical, and highly provocative, and it provides what is all too often missing in the study of intellectuals—a sense of historical orientation.
Language
English
Pages
484
Format
Paperback
Publisher
University of Chicago Press
Release
February 15, 1989
ISBN
0226661016
ISBN 13
9780226661018

Intellectual Life in America: A History

Lewis Perry
3.2/5 (7 ratings)
This historical study of intellectuals asks, for every period, who they were, how important they were, and how they saw themselves in relation to other Americans. Lewis Perry considers intellectuals in their varied historical roles as learned gentlemen, as clergymen and public figures, as professionals, as freelance critics, and as a professoriate.

Looking at the changing reputation of the intellect itself, Perry examines many forms of anti-intellectualism, showing that some of these were encouraged by intellectuals as surely as by their antagonists. This work is interpretative, critical, and highly provocative, and it provides what is all too often missing in the study of intellectuals—a sense of historical orientation.
Language
English
Pages
484
Format
Paperback
Publisher
University of Chicago Press
Release
February 15, 1989
ISBN
0226661016
ISBN 13
9780226661018

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