Anthony T. Kronman is Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School. Since stepping down as Dean of the Law School in 2004, he has been teaching in the Directed Studies Program at Yale and devoting himself to the humanities.
The book is topical, virile,and provoking.
And he fails to see that contact with cultures & histories & traditions other than western ones does not entail a loss to the existing tradition but an addition to it.
There is much in this book to like and appreciate, but approximately 3x too many words expressing it.
Meaning. Authenticity. Mission. Purpose. Values. What is the meaning of life? This is a huge question. It is a question we all need to ask and answer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Reid Mccormick
The basic intuition and argument are sound, but the book is repetitive and more sanctimonious than analytical. It would have benefitted from a stronger editor.Published 6 months ago by Prof. Thomas Pfau
I struggled a bit whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars. I think it should be somewhere in the middle, but closer to 4 stars because the message is important and deserves to be... Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by Bobby Bambino
This was a worthy read (especially the last chapter, "Spirit in an Age of Science," but I feel it was essentially an essay that got out of control. Kronman needed an editor. Read morePublished on July 25, 2010 by Caraculiambro
Everyone talks about nihilism, but no one does anything about it.
Kronman divides the history of the American university into three periods:
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Kronman writes a compelling argument as to why college humanities and traditional liberal arts programs should provide the necessary spiritual and moral direction for our maturing... Read morePublished on April 1, 2009 by F Lee. Cosgrove
I picked this up at the library because of the interesting cover. Its small size indicated an easy read, though glancing at the table of contents I suspected I would not like the... Read morePublished on November 27, 2008 by seeker
I read "Education's End" after the glowing recommendation Charles Murray gave it in Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality. Read morePublished on October 25, 2008 by CrimsonGirl