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The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom
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Aug 30, 2011

did not like it
Read from August 30 to September 11, 2011

Read this for book-club. Found the introduction relevant (if not repetitive) and spot on when it came to the idea that American universities (then it seems, but I would argue now) value the idea of being "open," as in open to all possibilities or ideas, more than they value actual knowledge, and as a result ignorance ensues. Unfortunately he doesn't make this argument compellingly (or really at all) in the rest of the work [to be fair, we only read part 1]. It seemed to me that he argued that knowledge leads to change, but wasn't really open to change--though perhaps the "change" aspect was just me projecting.
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