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The Open Mind: Cold War Politics and the Sciences of Human Nature

Jamie Cohen-Cole


This book chronicles the development and promulgation of a scientific vision of the rational, creative, open-minded self whose rise and fall shaped political culture of the post World War II era. Initially this open mind served as an “ideal citizen” of modern America, as an exemplary intellectual, and, with the emergence of cognitive science, as a model of human nature. From 1945 to 1965 policy makers, social critics, and scientists used it to advance centrist politics and marginalize both left and right wing criticism in the United States. Members of this intellectual circle instigated and o ... More

Keywords: Cold War, science, history, intellectual, education, psychology, self, political culture, citizen, America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226092164
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226092331.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jamie Cohen-Cole, author