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closing of the American mind

Allan Bloom

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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Published by Penguin in Harmondsworth .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Education, Higher -- United States.

  • Edition Notes

    StatementAllan Bloom ; foreword by Saul Bellow.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsLA227.3
    The Physical Object
    Pagination392p. ;
    Number of Pages392
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL17524686M
    ISBN 100140112170

    Finding it, he plucked it from the pile and straightened. Bloom notes that the "addiction to music" he observes in modern students is unparalleled, and has been for centuries. This book is having all the things you need to understand the education system. When people speak vaguely about generalists vs.

    For Bloom, then, relativism is bad because it impedes an investigation that might determine whether relativism is also wrong. Philosophy is not a doctrine but a way of life, so the philosophers, for all the differences in their teachings, have more in common with one another than with anyone else, even their own followers. To assert, as he does in his Introduction, that Christian orthodoxy stifled independent reasoning would imply that Socrates had not been tried for impiety in the golden age of Athens or that books had not been burned in the reign of Augustus. Similarly, Horowitz's Academic Bill of Rights would force professors to teach scholarly work opposed to their own. Relativism was one feature of modern American liberal philosophy that had subverted the Platonic—Socratic teaching.

    Has it really been that long? He closed his fingers around the receipt, the paper crinkling against his palm. Philosophy is not a doctrine but a way of life, so the philosophers, for all the differences in their teachings, have more in common with one another than with anyone else, even their own followers. With the possible exception of Oedipus, they are all gone, and they departed in the company of modesty. The history of liberal thought since Locke and Smith has been one of almost unbroken decline in philosophic substance.


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Closing of the American mind book

For Bloom, this created a void in the souls of Americans, into which demagogic radicals as exemplified by s student leaders could leap.

The Closing of the American Mind (Introduction)

And let's continue the dialogue about textbook contents and about higher education and whether it should be a forum for political indoctrination, or an opportunity to better understand our culture as it used to be and how we we got where we are today.

They [students] learned to doubt beliefs even before they believed in anything.

Book Review: The Closing of the American Mind

But they possessed an amazing ability to understand without being moved, to experience without judging, to self-consciously put forward their own convictions as mere opinions.

Education in our times must try to find whatever there is in students that might yearn for completion, and to reconstruct the learning that would enable them autonomously to seek that completion.

Without the great revelations, epics, and philosophies as part of our natural vision, there is nothing to see out there, and eventually little left inside. Matt Feeney is a writer in Oakland. Now every high-school student knows that. But, by and large, we have Freeman's "irrational" Christians to thank for preserving classical "rationality" — and, for that matter, irrationality.

Allan David Bloom is not just a very good writer but he is a very famous academician and a philosopher as well. One might argue that the real standard, the real hedge against relativism, is belief in this good life, the Socratic quest for knowledge. Saint Augustine, as a seminarian told me, had sexual hang-ups.

Universality and rationality were the hallmarks of all these teachings. Philosophy was architectonic, had the plans for the whole building, and the carpenters, masons and plumbers were its subordinates and had no meaning without its plan. I have included among the Enlightenment philosophers men like Machiavelli, Bacon, Montaigne, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza and Locke, along with the eighteenth-century thinkers like Montesquieu, Diderot and Voltaire, whose teachings are usually held to constitute the Enlightenment, because these latter were quite explicit about their debt to the originators of what the Enlightenment was in large measure only popularizing.

Then you have found the right book. I am not saying anything so trite as that life is fuller when people have myths to live by. They are little able to defend their experience, which had seemed unquestionable until questioned, and it is most resistant to cool analysis.

If our student ends up in Socratic ignorance as well, which Bloom portrays as a noble state, then that would seem to leave his specific beliefs without a foundation. Students are not in a position to know the pleasures of reason; they can only see it as a disciplinary and repressive parent.

He gives way without reserve to his most powerful passion and the wishes it engenders.THE BRILLIANT AND CONTROVERSIAL CRITIQUE OF AMERICAN CULTURE WITH NEARLY A MILLION COPIES IN PRINT Ineminent 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 /5(17).

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This is a review of the introduction to The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom. Almost every page of the book, when stripped off of the extravagant words, presents a lucid idea that excites me for its outrageousness, clarity, and truth!It's so easy to simply slip off on a tangent from each page, but I'll try to refrain from doing that.

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