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Daniel J. Boorstin

Birthdate: 1. October 1914
Date of death: 28. February 2004

Daniel Joseph Boorstin was an American historian at the University of Chicago who wrote on many topics in American and world history. He was appointed the twelfth Librarian of the United States Congress in 1975 and served until 1987. He was instrumental in the creation of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.

Repudiating his youthful membership in the Communist Party while a Harvard undergraduate , Boorstin became a political conservative and a prominent exponent of consensus history. He argued in The Genius of American Politics that ideology, propaganda, and political theory are foreign to America. His writings were often linked with such historians as Richard Hofstadter, Louis Hartz and Clinton Rossiter as a proponent of the "consensus school", which emphasized the unity of the American people and downplayed class and social conflict. Boorstin especially praised inventors and entrepreneurs as central to the American success story. Wikipedia

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The Discoverers
The Discoverers
Daniel J. Boorstin
The Creators
The Creators
Daniel J. Boorstin

„We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions.“

—  Daniel J. Boorstin

Preface
The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America (1961)
Context: We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions. We are haunted, not by reality, but by those images we have put in their place.

„These creators, makers of the new, can never become obsolete, for in the arts there is no correct answer.“

—  Daniel J. Boorstin, book The Creators

The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination (1992) (Vintage edition, 1993, ), Preface, p. XV.
Context: These creators, makers of the new, can never become obsolete, for in the arts there is no correct answer. The story of discoverers could be told in simple chronological order, since the latest science replaces what went before. But the arts are another story — a story of infinite addition. We must find order in the random flexings of the imagination.

„Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge.“

—  Daniel J. Boorstin

As quoted by Barbara Gamarekian in Working Profile: Daniel J. Boorstin. Helping the Library of Congress Fulfill Its Mission http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/09/06/specials/boorstin-working.html, The New York Times (July 8, 1983).

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„The history of Western science confirms the aphorism that the great menace to progress is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.“

—  Daniel J. Boorstin

This "aphorism" was expressed in different forms by Josh Billings and Socrates. note: Often misquoted as, "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge," and often misattributed to Stephen Hawking.
Source: Cleopatra's Nose: Essays on the Unexpected (1995).

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