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The truth of things : liberal arts and the recovery of reality
Montgomery, Marion.
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Dallas, Tex. : Spence Pub. Co., [1999]

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xx, 305 pages ; 25 cm
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Transcending the standard critique of the politically correct university, Marion Montgomery reveals the ancient sources of our educational chaos. There can be no reform, he insists, without a new openness to the truth of things, which marks the character and work of the good teacher.

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Marion Montgomery, scholar, critic, and award-winning poet and novelist, is one of America's preeminent men of letters. From 1954 until 1987 he taught English literature at the University of Georgia and became an authority on Eliot and the Southern Agrarians. A prolific author, he has published twenty books--including a monumental three-volume cultural critique, The Prophetic Poet and the Spirit of the Age--and some 250 articles. His work appears frequently in First Things, Crisis, Modern Age, and a host of other journals. A frequent campus lecturer, Mr. Montgomery lives and writes in Crawford, Georgia.

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Library Journal Review

Montgomery, a former English literature professor at the University of Georgia, here considers what's wrong with higher education today. He argues that higher education maintains an egalitarian notion that all educated people should look alike and that the proper objects of knowledge are facts and formulas. Consequently, higher education is less about the pursuit of wisdom than comfortable self-preservation. In this regard, Montgomery is a true humanist, fighting against an educational system that produces only material rewards. The book consists of a combination of essays, lectures, and a discussion of "modernism" divided into three sections. With the creativity of a poet and the precision of a philosopher, Montgomery offers a scholarly analysis that reveals the chaos currently plaguing higher education and shows teachers and students a way out of the intellectual wilderness. Recommended for academic libraries.‘Samuel T. Huang, Northern Illinois Univ. Libs., DeKalb (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 3
Part I Then
1 The Segregation That Is Neededp. 35
2 The Fallacy of Practicalityp. 50
Part II Now
3 Wanted: A Better Reason as Guidep. 77
4 Scalawags and Carpetbaggers: Higher Education as a Royal Nonsuchp. 88
5 The Journey Toward Wisdomp. 141
6 The First and Last Best Hope for "Higher Education"p. 168
7 In Pursuit of the Multifoliate Rosep. 186
Part III Now and Then
8 Modern, Modernism, and Modernistsp. 239
Afterword In Wandering Mazes Lostp. 284
Indexp. 297