THE COLLEGE AND THE COMMUNITY by Baker Brownell

THE COLLEGE AND THE COMMUNITY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Baker Brownell, a dissenting Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University, adds another title to an already distinguished list of books on the problems inherent in 20th century living. For the book is not limited- as the title might imply- to the college affiliation, but is directed towards any inquiring mind. In it you will find chapters on a diversity of themes- ""Will science commit suicide?""- ""What is decadence?""- ""The dangers of literacy"", etc. etc. as well as some searching criticism of our institutions of higher education. His main premise seems to be that our present civilization is in a dangerous way because all of our community living tends to frustrate and disintegrate the human being. And at the close, he makes some workable suggestions to return the individual to himself, and equip him to participate in a more purposeful form of community living.... Brownell is not only an educator, but a socially responsible modern philosopher who abstains gratifyingly from throwing mental mud pies at anyone.

Pub Date: April 9th, 1952
Publisher: Harper