Tag: Closing of the American Mind

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Around this time last year I put out a call to make 2015 a year in Bloom.  The idea was to read Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind and post your thoughts at any time during the year.  (If you are new to Ricochet and missed last year’s call, there’s still time to participate. […]

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“There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative.” Thus begins Allan Bloom’s Closing of the American Mind. Bloom famously explores the nature and origin of the Weberian distinction between “facts” and “values” and offers the widespread embrace […]

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Happy New Year, Ricofriends! Just before Christmas, I issued a challenge to read Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind and as you do (or after you do) post something.  A thought, a question, a thorough analysis.  Whatever strikes your fancy.  Any time during 2015. Many have accepted.  This should be quite a conversation. […]

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I’d like to issue a challenge to you as we ramp up to 2016.  Let’s have a big think. Here’s the deal:  As you may have noticed, I’ve been spending some time with Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind.  This book addresses, from a (oh forgive me, Troy!) 50,000 foot level, nearly every […]

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I’ve been spending considerable time lately immersing myself in Allan Bloom’s classic The Closing of the American Mind. Peter, given your affection for “the sainted Ronald Reagan” and your recent consideration of Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s remarks on family breakdown, I like to throw this passage out to you (as you so often do to others) and […]

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