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Powers of the Mind: The Reinvention of Liberal Learning in America


reviewed by James Horn - March 05, 2007

coverTitle: Powers of the Mind: The Reinvention of Liberal Learning in America
Author(s): Donald N. Levine
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Chicago
ISBN: 0226475530 , Pages: 256, Year: 2006
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Even as the University of Chicago’s rich liberal arts foundations were still being poured in 1918, former faculty member Thorstein Veblen (1918), offered this observation on the ambitious rise of the American university superstructure: It is always possible, of course, that this pre-eminence of intellectual enterprise in the civilization of the Western peoples is a transient episode; that it may eventually—perhaps even precipitately, with the next impending turn in the fortunes of this civilization—again be relegated to a secondary place in the scheme of things and become only an instrumentality in the service of some dominant aim or impulse, such as a vainglorious patriotism, or dynastic politics, or the breeding of a commercial aristocracy. (Chapter 1, para 18) Like many insights neglected long enough for them to become prophetic, Veblen’s prescience became clear to Donald Levine near the end of a career at Chicago that paralleled and crisscrossed the high times for... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 05, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13735, Date Accessed: 12/8/2019 1:31:32 PM

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    Monmouth University
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    JIM HORN teaches graduate Foundations of Education and Education for Democracy at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He is orignator of the weblog Schools Matter. He also is a contributor to Education Policy Blog.
 
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