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Building a bridge to the 18th century : how the past can improve our future

Author: Neil Postman
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Postman, Neil.
Building a bridge to the 18th century.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1999
(OCoLC)605560436
Online version:
Postman, Neil.
Building a bridge to the 18th century.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1999
(OCoLC)607260731
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Postman
ISBN: 0375401296 9780375401299 0375701273 9780375701276
OCLC Number: 40862083
Description: 213 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: ch. 1. Bridge to the 18th century --
ch. 2. Progress --
ch. 3. Technology --
ch. 4. Language --
ch. 5. Information --
ch. 6. Narratives --
ch. 7. Children --
ch. 8. Democracy --
ch. 9. Education.
Other Titles: Building a bridge to the eighteenth century
Responsibility: by Neil Postman.
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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."--Jacket.

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