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Author Postman, Neil.

Title Building a bridge to the 18th century
Edition First edition
Published New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1999


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Description 213 pages ; 22 cm
Contents Ch. 1. A 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 -- App. I. Letter from Lord Byron to Lord Holland, February 25, 1812 -- App. II. Comments on the Nature of Language by People Who Never Heard of Jacques Derrida -- App. III. On the Origin of Childhood and Why It Is Disappearing
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."--BOOK JACKET. "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."--BOOK JACKET
"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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-203) and index
Subject Civilization, Modern -- 1950-
Education -- Philosophy.
Technology and civilization.
United States -- Civilization -- 1970-
LC no. 99018923
ISBN 0375401296 (alk. paper)
Other Titles Building a bridge to the eighteenth century