The Closing of the American Mind (Unabridged)
by Allan Bloom
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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.
Bloom's narrative on the failure of the democratic model for our students is both informative, and interesting; following a progression of thought that leads us on the students that looked to the constitution and its authors as a basis of thought and motivation, to today's students whose motivation is self. arguments. However his attack on the a Rock And roll of the 60-80's makes sense for the abomination called music today. Perhaps he saw a trend
However Bloom's writings on music come off as an unsubstantiated rambling of someone that wanted to finish a book but had yet to finish their thought.