Anti-intellectualism



a person opposed to or hostile toward intellectuals and the modern academic, artistic, social, religious, and other theories associated with them.
a person who believes that intellect and reason are less important than actions and emotions in solving practical problems and understanding reality.
of, relating to, or characteristic of anti-intellectuals or their beliefs.
Contemporary Examples

In 1962, historian Richard Hofstadter famously dubbed it “anti-intellectualism in American life.”
Why the World Is Smarter Than Us Dana Goldstein August 8, 2013

Do they have a point, or are their complaints just anti-intellectualism run amok?
The Right’s War on Neil deGrasse Tyson Tim Mak September 18, 2014

But America’s long tradition of anti-intellectualism helped him become a star religious entrepreneur.
Ken Ham: The Making of An American Religious Huckster Karl W. Giberson February 8, 2014

But even more fundamentally, the person who has made Republican anti-intellectualism uncool is Barack Obama.
GOP Rejects Know-Nothings, Opts For Candidates Who Understand Public Policy Peter Beinart December 4, 2011

For more than a half-century, anti-intellectualism has had a pretty good run in presidential politics.
Revenge of the Nerds Peter Beinart December 7, 2008

Historical Examples

Their indeterminism is indeed the necessary and logical accompaniment of their anti-intellectualism.
Religion and Science John Charlton Hardwick

Here also appears clearly the anti-intellectualism of Crescas and his disagreement with Maimonides and Gersonides.
A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy Isaac Husik

anti-intellectualism and the State—Syndicalism—Class war, “direct action.”
Bergson and His Philosophy J. Alexander Gunn

No wonder that ‘anti-intellectualism’ should result from such a conception of knowledge.
John Dewey’s logical theory Delton Thomas Howard

n.

1904, from anti- + intellectualism; or in some cases from anti-intellectual + -ism.

1821 (adj.), from anti- + intellectual. As a noun meaning “an anti-intellectual person” from 1913.

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