Christopher Lasch


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Christopher (Kit) Lasch (June 1, 1932 – February 14, 1994) was a well-known American historian, moralist, and social critic.

Mentored by William Leuchtenburg at Columbia University, Lasch was a professor at the University of Rochester. Lasch sought to use history as a tool to awaken American society to the pervasiveness with which major institutions, public and private, were eroding the... more »

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  • ''Today Americans are overcome not by the sense of endless possibility but by the banality of the social order they have erected against it.''
    Christopher Lasch (b. 1932), U.S. historian. "The Therapeutic Sensibility," ch. 1, The Culture of Narcissism (1979).
  • ''The job of the press is to encourage debate, not to supply the public with information.''
    Christopher Lasch (b. 1932), U.S. historian. repr. As "The Lost Art of Political Argument," in Harper's (New York, September 1990). "Journalism, Publi...
  • It is a tribute to the peculiar horror of contemporary life that it makes the worst features of earlier times—the stupefaction of the masses, the obsessed and driven lives of the bourgeoisie—...
    Christopher Lasch (b. 1932), U.S. historian. "No Exit," ch. 4, The Culture of Narcissism (1979).
  • ''Every age develops its own peculiar forms of pathology, which express in exaggerated form its underlying character structure.''
    Christopher Lasch (b. 1932), U.S. historian. "Social Influences on Narcissism," ch. 2, The Culture of Narcissism (1979).
  • ''A society that has made "nostalgia" a marketable commodity on the cultural exchange quickly repudiates the suggestion that life in the past was in any important way better than life today.''
    Christopher Lasch (b. 1932), U.S. historian. The Culture of Narcissism, preface (1979).
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