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The closing of the American mind : how higher education has failed democracy and impoverished the souls of today's students

Author: Allan David Bloom
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, ©1987.
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In this book, the author (a distinguished political philosopher) argues that the social/political crisis of 20th-century America is really an intellectual crisis marked by obvious declines in appreciation of humanities, a drop in the qualitative output of our university systems, and a disquieting disconnect between today's students and the spiritual and cultural traditions of their heritage.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allan David Bloom
ISBN: 0671479903 9780671479909
OCLC Number: 14239839
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 392 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Saul Bellow --
Students. The clean slate --
Books --
Music --
Relationships --
Nihilism, American style. The German connection --
Two revolutions and two states of nature --
The self --
Creativity --
Culture --
Values --
The Nietzcheanization of the left or vice versa --
Our ignorance --
The university. From Socrates Apology to Heidegger's Rektoratsrede --
The Sixties --
The student and the university.
Responsibility: Allan Bloom.
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In this book, the author (a distinguished political philosopher) argues that the social/political crisis of 20th-century America is really an intellectual crisis marked by obvious declines in appreciation of humanities, a drop in the qualitative output of our university systems, and a disquieting disconnect between today's students and the spiritual and cultural traditions of their heritage.

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