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American Paradox

reviewed by John L. Childs 1957

coverTitle: American Paradox
Author(s): Merle Curd
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This significant little book presents in expanded form the Brown and Haley Lectures given by Professor Curti in 1955 at the College of Puget Sound. These lectures deal with the historic and contemporary position and role of the intellectual in American life and thought. The author describes an intellectual as any person "whose main interest is the advancement of knowledge or the clarification of cultural issues and public problems." The entire discussion is relevant to the work of American education and it culminates in a penetrating analysis of the cultural foundations and implications of the current "crisis in education." As a student of American cultural history, Professor Curti is seriously disturbed by the increasing tendency of the American people to discount and distrust the intellectual. In a critical period when our very survival depends upon our ability to understand and deal with complex domestic and international affairs, he finds something paradoxical... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 58 Number 6, 1957, p. 340-340
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4558, Date Accessed: 9/19/2018 11:03:11 AM

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