America, the West, and Liberal Education

America, the West, and Liberal Education

by Ralph C. Hancock
     
 

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More than a decade ago, Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind raised the philosophical stakes of the debate concerning the proper role of the study of the great books in higher education. Bloom's argument for the Western tradition employed both the rhetoric of knowledge for its own sake, and that of the broadly political uses of education. But the question

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More than a decade ago, Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind raised the philosophical stakes of the debate concerning the proper role of the study of the great books in higher education. Bloom's argument for the Western tradition employed both the rhetoric of knowledge for its own sake, and that of the broadly political uses of education. But the question of the precise relationship between the intellectual and the moral-political ends of liberal education was not Bloom's theme; though he clearly opposed the political radicalization of the curriculum espoused by many who styled themselves post modernists, he may not have adequately addressed their contention that all education is deeply political. The essays in America, the West and Liberal Education attempt to advance our understanding of the proper purposes of liberal education in America by exploring the relationship between the free pursuit of truth and the practical ends embedded in a particular tradition or political community.

Editorial Reviews

Canadian Journal of Political Science
The contributions of Michael Gillespie and Stanley Rosen are remarkable.
Booknews
A collection of eight essays centered around the question of the precise relationship between the intellectual and the moral political ends of Western liberal education, particularly in the United States. The authors seem to be in broad agreement with the views expresses in Allan Bloom's (included is an article by Bloom extolling the virtues of the classics) and, from different starting points criticize the growth of politicized post- modern education. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847692316
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/18/1999
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.42(d)

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Ralph C. Hancock is professor of political science at Brigham Young University.

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