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

by Allan David Bloom

Paper Book, 1987


New York : Simon and Schuster, c1987.


In this book, the author (a distinguished political philosopher) argues that the social/political crisis of 20th-century America is really an intellectual crisis marked by obvious declines in appreciation of humanities, a drop in the qualitative output of our university systems, and a disquieting disconnect between today's students and the spiritual and cultural traditions of their heritage.


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392 p.; 25 cm


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