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A great book, even if it is difficult reading.
It is densely written in the sense that any given paragraph usually contains numerous distantly related ideas, with, to me, often little logical structure.
Although Bloom spends much of his book diagnosing the problem facing modern universities, he also proposes a cure: the Great Books program.
I'll start by saying that this book seems to be often lost on people who lack the proper background to grasp the frame of reference Bloom himself was operating from. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Alex
I just finished reading "The Closing of the American Mind" by Allan Bloom (published in 1987). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very interesting view of how philosophy courses have changed.Published 3 months ago by Gregory Munie
Chomsky said it best..."mind-bogglingly stupid" for "basically saying... you just march the students through a canon of 'great thoughts' that are picked out for... Read morePublished 3 months ago by JohnL
This book gives a great summary by tracking where things went wrong with liberal education. It turns out today's 'education' is neither 'liberal' nor is it even 'education'. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Strub
Obviously a brilliant man, it's also obvious that the author spent his whole life in the womb of academia, and as a result he missed experiencing first hand large swaths of human... Read morePublished 4 months ago by P. Lawton
I don't know if the book was a budget version or not, the shelf was quite thin, cheap looking and the print quality was not brilliant.Published 5 months ago by Zeki Mert BARUT
An in-depth study of culture and the change in higher education's standards as a response. Scary good.Published 5 months ago by Emily