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Grammar of Our Civility: Classical Education in America
     

Grammar of Our Civility: Classical Education in America

by Lee T. Pearcy
 

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ISBN-10: 1932792163

ISBN-13: 2901932792163

Pub. Date: 08/28/2005

Publisher: Baylor University Press

The pragmatic demands of American life have made higher education’s sustained study of ancient Greece and Rome an irrelevant luxury and this despite the fact that American democracy depends so heavily on classical language, literature, and political theory. In The Grammar of Our Civility, Lee T. Pearcy chronicles how this came to be. Pearcy argues that

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The pragmatic demands of American life have made higher education’s sustained study of ancient Greece and Rome an irrelevant luxury and this despite the fact that American democracy depends so heavily on classical language, literature, and political theory. In The Grammar of Our Civility, Lee T. Pearcy chronicles how this came to be. Pearcy argues that classics never developed a distinctly American way of responding to distinctly American social conditions. Instead, American classical education simply imitated European models that were designed to underwrite European culture. The Grammar of Our Civility also offers a concrete proposal for the role of classical education, one that takes into account practical expectations for higher education in twenty-first century America.

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ISBN-13:
2901932792163
Publisher:
Baylor University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184

Table of Contents

Contents
Foreword....................ix
1 The Grammar of Our Civility....................1
2 The American Dialect....................43
3 Finis: Four Arguments against Classics....................85
4 Prolegomena to a Pragmatic Classicism....................117
Notes....................147
Works Cited....................161
Index....................173

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