Closing of the American Mind

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 30, 2008 - Social Science - 400 pages
The Closing of the American Mind, a publishing phenomenon in hardcover, is now a paperback literary event. In this acclaimed number one national best-seller, one of our country's most distinguished political philosophers argues that the social/political crisis of 20th-century America is really an intellectual crisis. Allan Bloom's sweeping analysis is essential to understanding America today. It has fired the imagination of a public ripe for change.
 

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User Review  - mitchanderson - LibraryThing

I think the diversity of these reviews and comments is a testament to the quality of Bloom’s work. Something that, had the book been emphasizing a bunch of thoughtless relativism (as opposed to ... Read full review

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Worth reading in 2020 in Australia, as this has been the year that our federal government has stopped funding history and philosophy degrees in favour of more technical degrees it thinks will ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Saul Bellow
11
Preface
19
Our Virtue
25
The Clean Slate
47
Books
62
Music
68
Relationships
82
The German Connection
141
The Self
173
Creativity
180
Values
194
The Nietzscheanization of the Left or Vice Versa
217
Our Ignorance
227
From Socrates Apology to Heideggers Rektoratsrede
243
The Sixties
313
The Student and the University
336

Two Revolutions and Two States of Nature
157

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Allan Bloom was Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the College and co-director of the John M. Olin Center for Inquiry into the Theory and Practice of Democracy at the University of Chicago. He taught at Yale, University of Paris, University of Toronto, Tel Aviv University, and Cornell, where he was the recipient of the Clark Teaching Award in 1967. He died in 1992.

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