The House of Intellect

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Harper Collins, Dec 3, 2002 - Education - 283 pages
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In this international bestseller, originally published in 1959, Jacques Barzun, acclaimed author of From Dawn to Decadence, takes on the whole intellectual -- or pseudo-intellectual -- world, attacking it for its betrayal of Intellect. "Intellect is despised and neglected," Barzun says, "yet intellectuals are well paid and riding high." He details this great betrayal in such areas as public administrations, communications, conversation and home life, education, business, and scholarship.

In this edition's new Preface, Jacques Barzun discussess the intense -- and controversial -- reaction the world had to The House of Intellect.


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The Three Enemies of Intellect
The Public Mind and Its Caterers
Conversation Manners and the Home
Education Without Instruction
Instruction Without Authority
The Case Against Intellect
The Folklore of Philanthropy
Philanthropic Businessmen and Bureaucrats
The Language of Learning and of Pedantry
The Summing Up
An Additional Note to Chapter V
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Born in France in 1907, Jacques Barzun came to the United States in 1920. After graduating from Columbia College, he joined the faculty of the university, becoming Seth Low Professor of History and, for a decade, Dean of Faculties and Provost. The author of some thirty books, including the New York Times bestseller From Dawn to Decadence, he received the Gold Medal for Criticism from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, of which he was twice president. He lived in San Antonio, Texas, before passing away at age 104.

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