Beyond Cheering and Bashing: New Perspectives on the Closing of the American Mind

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William K. Buckley, James Seaton
Popular Press, 1992 - Education - 166 pages
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The debate over the central issue confronted in Closing--the role of the university and the liberal arts in the United States--has become increasingly urgent and contentious. The goal of this collection of essays is to consider what we can learn about the dilemmas confronting American culture through a consideration of both The Closing of the American Mind and the debate it has aroused. The contributors differ among themselves as to the validity of both the diagnoses and the solutions Bloom offers, yet they do not engage in "Bloom-bashing" or hero-worship. The goal of the book is to place the debate over Closing into the larger context than can be achieved in a book review format. To provide the historical perspective that has been missing in the controversy over Bloom, included in this volume is Christopher Lasch's "The Great Experiment: Where Did it Go Wrong?" Also included are essays by other leading critics: John K. Roth, Frank Caucci, William K. Buckley, Milton R. Stern, Susan Bourgeois, Margaret C. Jones, Daniel Zins, Kenneth Alan Hovey, Bonnie A. Hain, John Peacock, Patricia L. Lundberg, Peter Siedlecki, Mark W. Roche, William Thickstun, Lorraine Clark, and Gerald Graff. This volume of essays does much to illuminate the issue surrounding The Closing of the American Mind.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Where Did It Go Wrong?
7
The Good the Bad and the Ugly in Amerikas Akademia
36
Strange Bedfellows and their Offspring
49
A Feminist Reads The Closing of the American Mind
55
A Bloom Amid the ReaganBushes
68
The Great Books vs America
90
An American Tale
98
Narrative Elements
111
On ReOpening
117
Arbiters of Culture
127
Allan Bloom and the Limits of Reason
141
On Mimesis as Freedom
151
Response
161
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