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

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  • Copyright: 2012-04-03
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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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. A cultural phenomenon with more than 750,000 copies in print, The Closing of the American Mind is as penetrating a criticism of our culture today as it was twenty-five years ago. In this acclaimed number one national bestseller, Allan Bloom, one of our country's most distinguished political philosophers, argues that the social and political crises of contemporary America are really an intellectual crisisa dangerous narrowing of curiosity and exploration by the university elites. In his new afterword, author Andrew Ferguson recounts why the book caused such a furor at publication and why its argument continues to provoke and endure.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 11
Prefacep. 19
Introduction: Our Virtuep. 25
The Clean Slatep. 47
Booksp. 62
Musicp. 68
Relationshipsp. 82
Self-Centerednessp. 82
Equalityp. 88
Racep. 91
Sexp. 97
Separatenessp. 109
Divorcep. 118
Lovep. 122
Erosp. 132
Nihilism, American Style
The German Connectionp. 141
Two Revolutions and Two States of Naturep. 157
The Selfp. 173
Creativityp. 180
Culturep. 185
Valuesp. 194
The Nietzscheanization of the Left or Vice Versap. 217
Our Ignorancep. 227
The University
From Socrates' Apology to Heidegger's Rektoratsredep. 243
Tocqueville on Democratic Intellectual Lifep. 246
The Relation Between Thought and Civil Societyp. 256
The Philosophic Experiencep. 268
The Enlightenment Transformationp. 284
Swift's Doubtsp. 293
Rousseau's Radicalization and the German Universityp. 298
The Sixtiesp. 313
The Student and the Universityp. 336
Liberal Educationp. 336
The Decomposition of the Universityp. 347
The Disciplinesp. 356
Conclusionp. 380
Afterwordp. 383
Indexp. 395
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