Culture and the Radical Conscience

Goodheart, Eugene

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Synopsis: "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

Debates on culture, politics, and the university have hardly abated since the 1960s when the radical assault on the authority of culture first challenged the classical conception of higher education with imperious demands for relevance and ideological correctness. Since then, campus unrest on the part of students has given way to a radicalized faculty characterized by contempt for high culture, fetishization of pop culture, and increasing absorption by feminism and identity politics.

While this development has not gone unchallenged, most have dismissed opponents of traditional scholarship as intellectual nihilists and anarchists. In contrast, Eugene Goodheart's Culture and the Radical Conscience recognizes the moral and cultural roots of radical and utopian tradition while deploring its tendency toward intolerance and narrowness. Goodheart defends the study of serious literature for its interplay of aesthetic response, alertness to political theme, and historical awareness.

Eugene Goodheart is Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities at Brandeis University. His books include Modernism and the Critical Spirit (available from Transaction), The Skeptic Disposition, Desire and Its Discontents, The Reign of Ideology, and Does Literary Studies Have a Future?

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Eugene Goodheart, is Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Brandeis University. His books include Novel Practices: Classic Modern Fiction, Modernism and the Critical Spirit, The Cult of the Ego, and Confessions of a Secular Jew, all available from Transaction.

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