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The Closing of the American Mind


the Closing of the American Mind

go? However, the real-world results of aristocracy are often horrific. Whether there is or is not a God is still among the most critical questions in life.

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(Having been in college during the uprisings of the late 1960s, I found this true of the more extreme radicals of that era as well.) I also have the sense that the language of values has declined markedly in academic life. In order to function, reason-based democracies force citizens to subvert their individual cultures in order to establish a system based on rational contracts. Eventually, through questions, answers, counters and retorts, Socrates believed one could find the truth. And in an exceptionally moving passage in The Closing of the American Mind, Bloom attributed to the Biblehere unquestionably referring to the Jewish versiona capacity to transcend social and economic class and to generate a common culture: My grandparents were ignorant people by our standards. In the third section of his book, Bloom gave a whirlwind history of Western thought. Bloom does not argue that in the past people were so much more philosophical and interested in metaphysical and ethical questions (though this might be the case given our overwhelming materialism, which, unbeknownst to almost everyone, is itself a philosophical stance,.e. What does that say about our culture? Of course, these serious questions have never been taken seriously by the vast majority of people at any point in time. In other words, Nietzsche held that what was irrational in man is what makes him man: heroically dying to save a stranger, being faithfully married, truly believe in something. A similar distaste for committed Christians, especially those who articulate dissent on the regnant sexual ethic, is also evident. Lest one praise this stance as one of opennessa trait much celebrated in academic circles (at least verbally) then and nowBloom observed that the term has undergone a drastic redefinition: Openness used to be the virtue that permitted us to seek the good by using.


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