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July 1964

The Theory of Education in the United States.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(1):160. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860070206032

It took me several years but I finally bought a copy of Nock's Theory of Education in the United States. I am now in the satisfying position of having gotten read, studied, and digested almost all of Nock's major published works. There is so much meat in his books and his style is so impressive that reading any of his essays, papers, or books whets the appetite for more. Nock has always written for an extraordinarily small group of readers, but this never seemed to make the least bit of difference to him. The reason Nock has appealed to a small group is that, as an intellectual aristocrat, he wrote for an elite of the mind and spirit which he likened to the Remnant of Isaiah. He never cared about or paid the least bit of attention to anyone simply because he was literate, for the ability to read may

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