The Age of American Unreason

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Vintage Books, Feb 1, 2009 - Philosophy - 357 pages
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A cultural history of the last forty years, The Age of American Unreason focuses on the convergence of social forces-usually treated as separate entities-that has created a perfect storm of anti-rationalism. These include the upsurge of religious fundamentalism, with more political power today than ever before; the failure of public education to create an informed citizenry; and the triumph of video over print culture. Sparing neither the right nor the left, Jacoby asserts that Americans today have embraced a universe of “junk thought” that makes almost no effort to separate fact from opinion.
  

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Review: The Age of American Unreason

User Review  - Miri - Goodreads

I was SO close to giving this five stars. I learned a lot and laughed out loud at many points while reading it. However, Jacoby's knee-jerk and entirely unskeptical condemnation of everything from ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jesse - Goodreads

Irritating, and not even that good a screed. Jacoby's history of why people believe dumb things, or don't believe in reason, is pretty solid, but after the 60s chapter, which has a nice balance, it ... Read full review

Contents

Just Us Folks
3
Intellect and Ignorance
31
TIIREE Social Pseudoscience in the Morning
61
FOUR Reds Pinkos Fellow Travelers
82
Youth Culture and Celebrity Culture
163
NINE unl Thought
242
Defining Dumbness Downward
279
CONCLUSION Cultural Conservation
307
Notes
318
Selected Bibliography
329
Index
335
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Susan Jacoby is the author of seven previous books, most recently Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, which was named a Notable Book of 2004 by the Washington Post and The Times Literary Supplement. She lives in New York City.

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