Building a Bridge to the 18th Century: How the Past Can Improve Our Future

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Vintage Books, 2000 - History - 213 pages
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In Building a Bridge to the 18th Century, acclaimed cultural critic Neil Postman offers a cure for the hysteria and hazy values of the postmodern world.

Postman shows us how to reclaim that balance between mind and machine in a dazzling celebration of the accomplishments of the Enlightenment-from Jefferson's representative democracy to Locke's deductive reasoning to Rousseau's demand that the care and edification of children be considered an investment in our collective future. Here, too, is the bold assertion that Truth is invulnerable to fashion or the passing of time. Provocative and brilliantly argued, Building a Bridge to the 18th Century illuminates a navigable path through the Information Age-a byway whose signposts, it turns out, were there all along.

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User Review  - dazzyj - LibraryThing

A rehash of the author's ideas, held together rather loosely and perfunctorily by the conceit of referring back to the Enlightenment as a guide to the future. All of this has been said better, elsewhere, including by Postman. Read full review

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User Review  - readingthruthenight - LibraryThing

uilding a Bridge to the 18th Century's thesis is pretty self-explanatory. Postman believes that we don't need a new future, but rather, revisit what we learned from the Enlightenment period. He ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
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A BRIDGE TO THE 18TH CENTURY
7
PROGRESS
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Neil Postman lives in New York City.

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