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The closing of the American mind

Author: Allan Bloom
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, 1988, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Touchstone edView all editions and formats
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A critique of the intellectual and moral confusions of this age argues that the social/political crisis of twentieth-century America is actually an intellectual crisis, and shows how American democracy has hosted ideas of nihilism, despair, and relativism disguised as tolerance.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Allan Bloom
ISBN: 0671657151 9780671657154 0671479903 9780671479909
OCLC Number: 17820784
Notes: "A Touchstone book."
Includes index.
Description: 392 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Part One --
Students: The clean slate --
Books --
Music --
Relationships. 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 --
The sixties --
The student and the university.
Responsibility: Allan Bloom ; foreword by Saul Bellow.

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A critique of the intellectual and moral confusions of this age argues that the social/political crisis of twentieth-century America is actually an intellectual crisis, and shows how American democracy has hosted ideas of nihilism, despair, and relativism disguised as tolerance.

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