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This work by a University of Chicago professor was a bestseller in cloth. According to PW, "marred by the author's biases, this jeremiad laments the decay of the humanities, the decline of the family and students' spiritual rootlessness and unconnectedness to traditions."
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Bloom is angry about college studentstolerant of everything, they cannot appreciate the virtues of Lockean democracy and often abandon the great questions about God and man. Meanwhile, the humanities are like "a refugee camp where all the geniuses driven out of their jobs and countries . . . are idling." The reason is partly relativism in the social sciences but largely German philosophers since Nietzsche, especially Heidegger, who "put philosophy at the service of German culture." Bloom's case about the humanities and German philosophy deserves an ear, but his students from "the twenty or thirty best U.S. universities" are nothing like my recent American students, who pursue the old questions with vim and vigor. Perhaps they do not belong to Bloom's elite. Leslie Armour, Philosophy Dept., Univ. of Ottawa, Canada
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I freely admit, I don't get it. I greatly enjoyed Bloom's effortless survey of the difficult landscape of philosophy and its relation to modern cultural, political and societal... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Rodge
A well written and fantastically thought provoking book that's bound to have an instant effect on all who read it. Read morePublished on May 12 2013 by Chris Leckenby
Allan Bloom's book is a brilliant look at some of the problems that we face philosophically in Western society. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2012 by AP
Forget Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, this guy is a real intellectual. Bloom is very direct in his criticism of the intellectual crisis in America, and it's getting worse since... Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by J. McAndrew
My review is in regards to Mr. Bloom's chapter on the corruption brought about by rock music. I really wish I could find out what it is in rock 'n roll that Bloom says drives an... Read morePublished on March 28 2004
I was amazed that so many of my conservative friends purchased the Closing of the American Mind yet how few if any actually read it. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004
A major impact in my thinking and an awesome introduction to Nietzsche, nihilism and the American education system. Bloom outlines what education was compared to what it is today. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004 by R. Schwartz
Bad news from the groves of academe: the american university is failing to keep the wisdom of Aristotle, Rousseau and Nietzsche in the forefront of the undergraduate imagination. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2003
What he seems to demonstrate is that democracy has failed higher education, not the reverse. His recurring theme is that the philosophic underpinnings of democracy have eliminated... Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003 by Francis J. Lynch