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Author Postman, Neil.

Title Building a bridge to the 18th century : how the past can improve our future / Neil Postman.

Imprint New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1999.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection J Schick  909.825 P846b 1999    ---  Lib Use Only
Edition 1st ed.
Description 213 pages ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-203) and index.
Contents Bridge to the 18th century -- Progress -- Technology -- Language -- Information -- Narratives -- Children -- Democracy -- Education.
Summary "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."--Jacket.
Subject Civilization, Modern -- 1950-
United States -- Civilization -- 1970-
Technology and civilization.
Education -- Philosophy.
Civilization. (OCoLC)fst00862898
Civilization, Modern. (OCoLC)fst00863073
Democracy. (OCoLC)fst00890077
Education -- Philosophy. (OCoLC)fst00902721
Enlightenment. (OCoLC)fst00912527
Technology and civilization. (OCoLC)fst01145253
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term Since 1950
Added Title Building a bridge to the eighteenth century
ISBN 0375401296 (alk. paper)
9780375401299 (alk. paper)

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