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The Anti-Intellectual Presidency: The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush

Elvin T. Lim

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195342642
eISBN:
9780199851843
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342642.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Why has it been so long since an American president has effectively and consistently presented well-crafted, intellectually substantive arguments to the American public? Why have presidential ... More


The Cultural Economy of American Christianity

James Davison Hunter

in To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity Today

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199730803
eISBN:
9780199777082
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730803.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The actual vitality of American Christianity’s cultural capital today resides almost exclusively among average people in the pew rather than those in leadership, on the periphery not the center of ... More


Knowledge, Experiments, and Practical Interests

Ángel Pinillos

in Knowledge Ascriptions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199693702
eISBN:
9780191741265
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693702.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The chapter describes some new experimental techniques and results that shed light on our ordinary use of ‘knowledge’. The results presented can be elegantly explained by adopting an interest ... More


Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other

Mugambi Jouet

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293298
eISBN:
9780520966468
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293298.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Americans are far more divided than other Westerners over basic issues, including wealth inequality, health care, climate change, evolution, the literal truth of the Bible, apocalyptical prophecies, ... More


John Dewey’s Theory of Knowledge

Anthony Quinton

in Of Men and Manners: Essays Historical and Philosophical

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199694556
eISBN:
9780191731938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694556.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter discusses Dewey's theory of knowledge. The intellectualist sees knowledge as something absolutely certain, which is contemplatively seen, by a mind that is at most contingently embodied, ... More


The Problem of Presidential Rhetoric

Elvin T. Lim

in The Anti-Intellectual Presidency: The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195342642
eISBN:
9780199851843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342642.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter addresses presidential anti-intellectualism as the problem itself. It begins with the characterization of presidential rhetorical trends as manifestations of the anti-intellectual ... More


The Linguistic Simplification of Presidential Rhetoric

Elvin T. Lim

in The Anti-Intellectual Presidency: The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195342642
eISBN:
9780199851843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342642.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter proposes anti-intellectualism as the unifying critique of the contemporary presidency and begins a debate on how to redirect the attention toward the quality, rather than just the ... More


The Anti-Intellectual Speechwriters

Elvin T. Lim

in The Anti-Intellectual Presidency: The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195342642
eISBN:
9780199851843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342642.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter demonstrates the unanimity of opinion among speechwriters that simplicity is always preferred to complexity and justifies the operationalized link between a cult of rhetorical simplicity ... More


The Substantive Impoverishment of Presidential Rhetoric

Elvin T. Lim

in The Anti-Intellectual Presidency: The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195342642
eISBN:
9780199851843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342642.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter examines the substantive impoverishment of presidential rhetoric. Specifically, it provides the evidence of linguistic simplification with evidence of substantive anti-intellectualism. ... More


Indicting the Anti-Intellectual Presidency

Elvin T. Lim

in The Anti-Intellectual Presidency: The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195342642
eISBN:
9780199851843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342642.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter tackles the normative justifications of anti-intellectualism to explain its political seductiveness and, in rejecting them, explicates why anti-intellectualism damages democracy. In ... More


Reforming the Anti-Intellectual Presidency

Elvin T. Lim

in The Anti-Intellectual Presidency: The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195342642
eISBN:
9780199851843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342642.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter proposes a corrective account of rhetorical leadership premised on pedagogy, rather than demagogy. It also provides these tentative thoughts as an invitation to start, rather than to ... More


Nonpropositional Intellectualism

John Bengson and Marc A. Moffett

in Knowing How: Essays on Knowledge, Mind, and Action

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195389364
eISBN:
9780199932368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389364.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The question of the grounds of knowledge how can be distinguished from the question of the nature of knowledge how. We defend an intellectualist answer to the former question and an objectualist ... More


How to Resolve ‘How To’

Jonathan Ginzburg

in Knowing How: Essays on Knowledge, Mind, and Action

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195389364
eISBN:
9780199932368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389364.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Metaphysics/Epistemology

It is argued that intellectualism is incompatible with the facts about complementation in a variety of languages. It is also argued that one of the main empirical bases for anti-intellectualism (the ... More


The Baptized Muse: Early Christian Poetry as Cultural Authority

Karla Pollmann

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780198726487
eISBN:
9780191793295
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198726487.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion and Literature

With the rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire, increasing numbers of educated people converted to this new belief. As Christianity did not have its own educational institutions, the issue of how ... More


Response

Deidre Helen Crumbley

in Saved and Sanctified: The Rise of a Storefront Church in Great Migration Philadelphia

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813039848
eISBN:
9780813043791
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813039848.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Religion

In the call and response tradition of African American churches, the concluding chapter reflects on ways in which this book responds to calls for serious scholarship in religious ethnography. As part ... More


Dunce Cap

Oz Almog

in The Sabra: The Creation of the New Jew

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520216426
eISBN:
9780520921979
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520216426.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter begins with a discussion of the training of farmers and fighters, covering the idealization of manual labor and training the younger generation for battle and heroism. The discussion ... More


From the American Enlightenment to Anti-Intellectualism

Mugambi Jouet

in Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293298
eISBN:
9780520966468
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293298.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Millions of Americans are extraordinarily uninformed. This problem is often blamed on the poor quality of public schools, yet it largely stems from a peculiar conception of education rooted in ... More


Millions Standing against Their Own Economic Interest

Mugambi Jouet

in Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293298
eISBN:
9780520966468
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293298.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Millions of white working-class and middle-class Americans vote against their own economic interest by defending policies that hurt them while profiting the rich, including the 1% wealthiest ... More


Anti-intellectualism Rejected and Reborn, 1920–1940

Thomas W. Simpson

in American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940 

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469628639
eISBN:
9781469628653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628639.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Mormon intellectual life suffered acutely in the wake of turmoil at Brigham Young University in 1911, but less than a decade later, major changes in church leadership and educational policy would ... More


You Are Special: The Anti-Intellectualism of Sentimental Evangelicalism

Todd M. Brenneman

in Homespun Gospel: The Triumph of Sentimentality in Contemporary American Evangelicalism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199988983
eISBN:
9780199370009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199988983.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Because evangelicals have relied so heavily on Scottish Common Sense philosophy for understanding the world and encouraging people to moral action, contemporary evangelicals have encountered ... More


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