Building A Bridge To The 18th Century

Building A Bridge To The 18th Century

How The Past Can Improve Our Future

Book - 1999
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"In Building a Bridge to the Eighteenth Century Neil Postman revisits the Enlightenment, that great flowering of ideas that provided a humane direction for the future - ideas that formed our nation and that we would do well to embrace anew." "He turns our attention to Goethe, Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, Kant, Edward Gibbon, Adam Smith, Thomas Paine, Jefferson, and Franklin, and to their then-radical thinking about inductive science, religious and political freedom, popular education, rational commerce, the nation-state, progress, and happiness." "Postman calls for a future connected to traditions that provide sane authority and meaningful purpose - as opposed to an overreliance on technology and an increasing disregard for the lessons of history. And he argues passionately for specific new guidelines in the education of our children, with renewed emphasis on developing the intellect as successfully as we are developing a computer-driven world."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1999.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780375401299
0375401296
Branch Call Number: 909.825 Pos
Characteristics: 213 pages

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Sep 23, 2017

Although getting close to twenty years old, its message is still relevant (indeed given the digital skullduggery in recent elections, perhaps even more important), and anyone living in developed modern nations could find it useful and edifying.

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