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The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom
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May 02, 2011

really liked it
Read from May 02 to 08, 2011

His main thesis is that the intellectual base of our best college students is being narrowed and needs to be restored by a classical liberal education. He goes on to show how the impact of philosophy has caused this narrowing of the mind.
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Eddie Finished this book. It is a good "capstone" book to read after you have read many of the classical and modern philosophy books because he ties them all together and shows how we came to the situation we are at. His basic premise is that bright college students nowadays have two values- egalitarianism and moral relativism and live and judge according to those values. He then goes on to show how that happened over the ages. His solution is to go back to a "true" liberal arts education where students face the difficult questions about life and society and ponder the meaning of life. I would give it four stars because while it is a good book, it is not life-changing for me. More of an informative book. A word of caution, it was a bit difficult to read because Allan Bloom is a deep thinker and has a large vocabulary.


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