Culture and the Radical Conscience

Culture and the Radical Conscience

by Eugene Goodheart
     
 

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Goodheart's concern is with culture, politics, and the university. Rejecting not only the radicals' contempt for high culture, but also the pedantry and apathy of those who are considered its custodians, he condemns both as philistine and seeks a fresh definition of the value of culture.

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Goodheart's concern is with culture, politics, and the university. Rejecting not only the radicals' contempt for high culture, but also the pedantry and apathy of those who are considered its custodians, he condemns both as philistine and seeks a fresh definition of the value of culture.

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In his new introduction, Goodheart (humanities, Brandeis U.) notes that the themes of the tensions between relevance and cultural authority, high culture and democracy, utopia and history, and art and politics, continue to preoccupy him as they had in his 1973 exploration of the roots of 1960s cultural radicalism in the US and England. Originally published by Harvard U. Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"A highly cogent, powerfully reasoned statement in defense of culture against its latter-day detractors." —Philip Rahv "A lively, tough, and learned brief for 'high culture' as the indispensable foundation of a university education. [Goodheart's] book deserves the scrupulous attention of everyone troubled by the seemingly irreversible degradation of standards in American intellectual life today." —Pearl K. Bell, The New Leader

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674179660
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1973
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.65(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author

Eugene Goodheart is Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Brandeis University. His books include Mostly Grave Thoughts and Holding the Center.

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