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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
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster Paperbacks, [2012, 1987] ©1987
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Twenty-fifth anniversary edition ; Simon & Schuster trade pbk. editionView 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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Bloom, Allan David, 1930-1992.
Closing of the American mind.
(DLC) 86024768
(OCoLC)785276058
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Allan Bloom
ISBN: 9781439126264 1439126267
OCLC Number: 891943458
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (402 pages)
Contents: Foreword / Saul Bellow --
Preface --
Introduction : Our virtue --
Part I : Students. The clean slate ; Books ; Music ; Relationships --
Part II : Nihilism, American style. The German connection ; The self ; Creativity ; Culture ; Values ; The Nietzcheanization of the Left or vice versa ; Our ignorance --
Part III : The university. From Socrates' Apology to Heideggar's Rektoratsrede ; The Sixties ; The student and the university --
Afterword / Andrew Ferguson.
Responsibility: Allan Bloom ; foreword by Saul Bellow ; afterword by Andrew Ferguson.

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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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"Rich and absorbing. . . . A grand tour of the American mind." * The Washington Post * "Brilliant. . . . No other book combines such shrewd insights into our current state. . . . No other book is at Read more...

 
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