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The Future of Academic Freedom
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 239

The Future of Academic Freedom

Nine prominent academics, including Richard Rorty, Henry Louis Gates, Ronald Dworkin, and Evelyn Fox Keller, debate the impact of current controversies in the university--such as multi-culturalism and speech codes--on the academic tradition of free inquiry. UP.

The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University (Issues of Our Time)
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 176

The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University (Issues of Our Time)

"Crisp and illuminating . . . well worth reading."—Wall Street Journal The publication of The Marketplace of Ideas has precipitated a lively debate about the future of the American university system: what makes it so hard for colleges to decide which subjects are required? Why are so many academics against the concept of interdisciplinary studies? From his position at the heart of academe, Harvard professor Louis Menand thinks he's found the answer. Despite the vast social changes and technological advancements that have revolutionized the society at large, general principles of scholarly organization, curriculum, and philosophy have remained remarkably static. Sparking a long-overdue debate about the future of American education, The Marketplace of Ideas argues that twenty-first-century professors and students are essentially trying to function in a nineteenth-century system, and that the resulting conflict threatens to overshadow the basic pursuit of knowledge and truth.

American Studies
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 320

American Studies

At each step of this journey through American cultural history, Louis Menand has an original point to make: he explains the real significance of William James's nervous breakdown, and of the anti-Semitism in T. S. Eliot's writing. He reveals the reasons for the remarkable commercial successes of William Shawn's New Yorker and William Paley's CBS. He uncovers the connection between Larry Flynt's Hustler and Jerry Falwell's evangelism, between the atom bomb and the Scholastic Aptitude Test. He locates the importance of Richard Wright, Norman Mailer, Pauline Kael, Christopher Lasch, and Rolling Stone magazine. And he lends an ear to Al Gore in the White House as the Starr Report is finally pres...

Discovering Modernism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 240

Discovering Modernism

When Discovering Modernism was first published, it shed new and welcome light on the birth of Modernism. This reissue of Menand's classic intellectual history of T.S. Eliot and the singular role he played in the rise of literary modernism features an updated Afterword by the author, as well as a detailed critical appraisal of the progression of Eliot's career as a poet and critic. The new Afterword was adapted from Menand's critically lauded essay on Eliot in The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, Volume Seven: Modernism and the New Criticism. Menand shows how Eliot's early views on literary value and authenticity, and his later repudiation of those views, reflect the profound changes regarding the understanding of literature and its significance that occurred in the early part of the twentieth century. It will prove an eye-opening study for readers with an interest in the writings of T.S. Eliot and other luminaries of the Modernist era.

The Metaphysical Club
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 384

The Metaphysical Club

The Metaphysical Club is the winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for History. A riveting, original book about the creation of modern American thought. The Metaphysical Club was an informal group that met in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1872, to talk about ideas. Its members included Oliver Well Holmes, Jr., future associate justice of the United States Supreme Court; William James, the father of modern American psychology; and Charles Sanders Peirce, logician, scientist, and the founder of semiotics. The Club was probably in existence for about nine months. No records were kept. The one thing we know that came out of it was an idea -- an idea about ideas. This book is the story of that idea. H...

The Metaphysical Club
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 384

The Metaphysical Club

The Metaphysical Club is the winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for History. A riveting, original book about the creation of modern American thought. The Metaphysical Club was an informal group that met in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1872, to talk about ideas. Its members included Oliver Well Holmes, Jr., future associate justice of the United States Supreme Court; William James, the father of modern American psychology; and Charles Sanders Peirce, logician, scientist, and the founder of semiotics. The Club was probably in existence for about nine months. No records were kept. The one thing we know that came out of it was an idea -- an idea about ideas. This book is the story of that idea. H...

America in theory
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 302

America in theory

Essays discuss America's founding, the original interventions behind the U.S. Constitution, civil rights, and domestic and foreign policy

The Metaphysical Club
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 546

The Metaphysical Club

In an absorbing narrative about personalities and social history, Menand discusses the Metaphysical Club, an informal group that met in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1872, to talk about ideas. Members included Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., William James, and Charles Sanders Peirce. 21 photos.

The Liberal Imagination
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 320

The Liberal Imagination

The Liberal Imagination is one of the most admired and influential works of criticism of the last century, a work that is not only a masterpiece of literary criticism but an important statement about politics and society. Published in 1950, one of the chillier moments of the Cold War, Trilling’s essays examine the promise —and limits—of liberalism, challenging the complacency of a naïve liberal belief in rationality, progress, and the panaceas of economics and other social sciences, and asserting in their stead the irreducible complexity of human motivation and the tragic inevitability of tragedy. Only the imagination, Trilling argues, can give us access and insight into these realms ...

Autobiography and Recollections of Incidents Connected With Horticultural Affairs, Etc
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 222

Autobiography and Recollections of Incidents Connected With Horticultural Affairs, Etc

Excerpt from Autobiography and Recollections of Incidents Connected With Horticultural Affairs, Etc: From 1807 Up to This Day 1892; With Portrait and Allegorical Figures I have always written according to the dictates of my heart and conscience. Disregarding the rules (es pecially of poetry, of which I am perfectly ignorant, of the rules, but I like the thing when it has common sense, besides rhymes - measured as with a rule, as geographers do), but those of my own judgment being a Homo asper I will not say any more but that I am more or less like the rest of mankind. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbook...