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The Closing of the American Mind | [Allan Bloom]

The Closing of the American Mind

In one of the most important books of our time, Allan Bloom, a professor of social thought at the University of Chicago and a noted translator of Plato and Rousseau, argues that the social and political crisis of 20th-century America is really an intellectual crisis.
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In one of the most important books of our time, Allan Bloom, a professor of social thought at the University of Chicago and a noted translator of Plato and Rousseau, argues that the social and political crisis of 20th-century America is really an intellectual crisis. Bloom cites everything from the universities' lack of purpose to the students' lack of learning, from the jargon of liberation to the supplanting of reason by so-called creativity. Furthermore, he shows how American democracy has unwittingly played host to vulgarized Continental ideas of nihilism and despair, of relativism disguised as tolerance, while demonstrating that the collective mind of the American university is closed to the very principles of spiritual heritage that gave rise to the university in the first place.

(P)1992 by Blackstone Audiobooks; ©1987 by Alan Bloom

What the Critics Say

"With clarity, gravity, and grace, Bloom makes a convincing case for the improbable proposition that reading old books about the permanent questions could help to reestablish reason and restore the soul." (Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard University)

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    Robert Lee 07-08-13
    Robert Lee 07-08-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm a truck driver that loves Audible! It is a wonderful way to "read" all the books I want to, with out having to stop working!

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    "Understanding the cause of our Failing Education"
    What did you love best about The Closing of the American Mind?

    The Author put quit a bit of Philosophical elements into this book. He discusses many different philosophies and their ideas impact on our society in the 1980's and today. It opened my mind.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's not a story, it's quite a bit of Philosophical history and ideas that helped me understand why our education system is lacking in so many ways.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is hard to listen to in one sitting. My husband has this book in print and he said it was difficult to read for him, but I got through this book in one week, which is astonishing for me. The narrator helped me a lot! I've enjoyed quite a few books read by Christopher Hurt and he did a wonderful reading of this book!


    Any additional comments?

    You really have to have your brain working on this one. It is a very mind opening book. Having some knowledge of philosophers and what each one has contributed is helpful.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    steve la mirada, CA, United States 02-20-12
    steve la mirada, CA, United States 02-20-12
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    Would you try another book from Allan Bloom and/or Christopher Hurt?

    No I would not... The reading was especially dull, even thought I heard some background noise in the recording. The only thing this work did for me was make me nearly get into 2 car accidents. It is very dull, dated, and seems more of a work on professor blooms peronal thoughts than any real scientific work... I did get through 1/5 th of the book before casting it aside.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    If you want more of an intellectual book stick with primary sources, engles, kant, locke...
    This was really boring listening to bloom, who didn't. Seem to have much real knowledge outside academia.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Don't even get me started, no feeling just dull monotone...


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was able to delete it from my ipod...


    Any additional comments?

    To each his own but if your looking for a more scientific work (or even something on the lines of malcom gladwell) look elsewhere.

    3 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Warrenton, GA, USA 05-06-04
    Bill Warrenton, GA, USA 05-06-04
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    "Political Rhetoric Circa 1985"

    Weak, bombastic, and not worth a reasonable person's time.

    5 of 69 people found this review helpful
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