Closing of the American Mind
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.
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"Brimming with dazzling insights and lapidary judgments, Allan Bloom’s Closing of the American Mind surveyed the proud institutions at the pinnacle of the American academy and found them wanting."
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Bloom's arguments are simultaneously enlightening, educational, maddening and possibly plain wrong. I can't tell if he's a thinker on par with his heroes (Nietzsche, Locke) or a grumpy grandpa who can ... Read full review
Foreword by Saul Bellow
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