Daniel Bell

Daniel Bell
Daniel Bell
  • Born: May 10, 1919
  • Died: January 25, 2011
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Sociologist

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Daniel Bell was an American sociologist, writer, editor, and professor at Harvard University, best known for his contributions to the study of post-industrialism. He has been described as "one of the leading American intellectuals of the postwar era." His three best known works are The End of Ideology, The Coming of Post-Industrial Society and The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism.

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Action is typical of the American style, thought and planning are not; it is considered heresy to state that some problems are not immediately or easily solvable. Management & Managing Government
Fundamentally, where you have an industry in which labor is the primary cost, we can’t compete and probably shouldn’t. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The belief in American exceptionalism has vanished with the end of empire, the weakening of power, the loss of faith in America’s future. Miscellaneous
The nation-state has become too small for the big problems of life and too big for the small problems. States. Nations & Nationhood
The old simplifications about "more" schools and "more" housing, or even "better" schools or "better" housing, have not proved very successful in breaking the cycle of poverty or in dealing with the Negro family structure. Poverty
The workers, whose grievances were once the driving energy for social change, are more satisfied with society than the intellectuals. The workers have not achieved Utopia but their expectations were less than those of the intellectuals, and the gains correspondingly larger. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
But in action, one defies one's character.
Europe, in legend, has always been the home of subtle philosophical discussion; America was the land of grubby pragmatism.
I am too weary to listen, too angry to hear.
Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The impulse of the journalist is to be novel, yet to relate his curiosities to the urgencies of the moment; the philosopher seeks what he conceives to be true, regardless of the moment.
The intellectual takes as a starting point his self and relates the world to his own sensibilities; the scientist accepts an existing field of knowledge and seeks to map out the unexplored terrain. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
When theology erodes and organization crumbles, when the institutional framework of religion begins to break up, the search for a direct experience which people can feel to be religious facilitates the rise of cults. Religion & God

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