U.S. Intellectual History Blog

Interesting Conference On Cognitive Disability And Moral Philosophy

I find this conference fascinating for its U.S. intellectual history implications. [Aside: The conference line-up is full of powerhouse academics and intellectuals.]

Historians of U.S. intellectual life have generally been concerned with “achievers” and notables, adding fuel to the fire with regard to longstanding charges about its elitism. So how do we deal with non-standard intellectual processes (i.e. “emotional intelligence” and multiple intelligences in general)? How do we get beyond the intellectual/anti-intellectual dichotomy? When is it false and when do the two terms apply? These are topics I hope to explore in my anti-intellectualism paper for our upcoming USIH conference. – TL