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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 Bloom; Saul Bellow; Simon and Schuster, Inc.,
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, [1987] ©1987
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Allan Bloom; Saul Bellow; Simon and Schuster, Inc.,
ISBN: 0671479903 9780671479909 0671657151 9780671657154
OCLC Number: 14239839
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 392 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Foreword / Saul Bellow --
Introduction. Our virtue --
Part one. Students --
The clean slate --
Books --
Music --
Relationships. Self-centeredness ; Equality ; Race ; Sex ; Separateness ; Divorce ; Love ; Eros --
Part two. Nihilism, American style --
The German connection --
Two revolutions and two states of nature --
The self --
Creativity --
Culture --
Values --
The Nietzscheanization of the left or vice versa --
Our ignorance --
Part three. The university --
From Socrates' Apology to Heidegger's Rektoratsrede. Tocqueville on democratic intellectual life ; The relation between thought and civil society ; The philosophic experience ; The enlightenment transformation ; Swift's doubts ; Rousseau's radicalization and the German university --
The Sixties --
The student and the university. Liberal education ; The decomposition of the university ; The disciplines ; Conclusion.
Responsibility: Allan Bloom.

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