Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History

The Dream of a Democratic Culture

Mortimer J. Adler and the Great Books Idea

Authors: Lacy, T.

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This book presents a moderately revisionist history of the great books idea anchored in the following movements and struggles: fighting anti-intellectualism, advocating for the liberal arts, distributing cultural capital, and promoting a public philosophy, anchored in mid-century liberalism, that fostered a shared civic culture.

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lacy, Tim

    Pages 1-17

  • The Great Books Movement, 1920–1948

    Lacy, Tim

    Pages 19-36

  • Branding the History of Ideas: Adler, Lovejoy, and Britannica’s

    Lacy, Tim

    Pages 37-62

  • Making “Seventy-Four Corpses … Pay Off”: The Context and Commerce of the

    Lacy, Tim

    Pages 63-80

  • “Mixing Vice and Virtue”: Adler, Britannica’s Cottage Industry, and Mid-Century Anxiety

    Lacy, Tim

    Pages 81-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Dream of a Democratic Culture
Book Subtitle
Mortimer J. Adler and the Great Books Idea
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-04262-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137042620
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-33746-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 324
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