Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students

byALLAN BLOOMAfterword byAndrew FergusonForeword bySaul Bellow

April 3, 2012|
Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students by ALLAN BLOOM
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The brilliant, controversial, bestselling critique of American culture that “hits with the approximate force and effect of electroshock therapy” (The New York Times)—now featuring a new afterword by Andrew Ferguson in a twenty-fifth anniversary edition.

THE BRILLIANT AND CONTROVERSIAL CRITIQUE OF AMERICAN CULTURE WITH NEARLY A MILLION COPIES IN PRINT

 In 1987, eminent political philosopher Allan Bloom published The Closing of the American Mind, an appraisal of contemporary America that “hits with the approximate force and effect of electroshock therapy” (The New York Times) and has not only been vindicated, but has also become more urgent today. In clear, spirited prose, Bloom argues that the social and political crises of contemporary America are part of a larger intellectual crisis: the result of a dangerous narrowing of curiosity and exploration by the university elites.

Now, in this twenty-fifth anniversary edition, acclaimed author and journalist Andrew Ferguson contributes a new essay that describes why Bloom’s argument caused such a furor at publication and why our culture so deeply resists its truths today.
ContentsForeword by Saul BellowPrefaceIntroduction: Our VirtuePART ONE. STUDENTSThe Clean SlateBoobMusicRelationshipsSelf-CenterednessEqualityRaceSexSeparatenessDivorceLoveErosPART TWO. NIHILISM, AMERICAN STYLEThe German ConnectionTwo Revolutions and Two States of NatureThe SerfCreativityCultureValuesThe Nietzscheanization of the Left ...
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Title:Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:400 pages, 8.44 X 5.5 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:400 pages, 8.44 X 5.5 X 1 in
Published:April 3, 2012
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781451683202

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