Beyond Cheering And Bashing

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The debate over the central issue confronted in The Closing of the American Mind—the role of the university and the liberal arts in the United States—has become increasingly urgent and contentious. The goal of this collection of essays is to see what we can learn about the dilemmas confronting American culture through consideration of both The Closing of the American Mind and the debate it aroused.

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Overview

The debate over the central issue confronted in The Closing of the American Mind—the role of the university and the liberal arts in the United States—has become increasingly urgent and contentious. The goal of this collection of essays is to see what we can learn about the dilemmas confronting American culture through consideration of both The Closing of the American Mind and the debate it aroused.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879725488
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/1992
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 174
  • Sales rank: 566,577
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: On Horace Mann, Jay Gatsby and Allan Bloom 1
The Great Experiment: Where Did It Go Wrong? 8
On Philosophy and History: "The Truth--the Good, the Bad and the Ugly" 19
Two Wise Men Bearing Strange Gifts: On the Educational Crisis in America 26
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Amerika's Akademia 37
Culture and Democracy: Strange Bedfellows and their Offspring 49
A Feminist Reads The Closing of the American Mind 55
A Bloom Amid the Reagan-Bushes 68
Permanent Questions, New Questions: Opening American Minds to the Nuclear Age 79
The Great Books vs. America Reassessing The Closing of the American Mind 90
Socrates-Bloom: An American Tale 98
Mysteries and Jeremiads: Narrative Elements in The Closing of the American Mind 111
Allan Bloom's Closing: On Re-Opening the American Mind to Heteroglossic Discourse 117
Arbiters of Culture 127
In Defense of Universal Norms: Reflections on Allan Bloom's Critics 134
Allan Bloom and the Limits of Reason 141
Allan Bloom and Gerald Graff: On Mimesis as Freedom 151
Response 161
Contributors 164
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