On Saving Relativity From Relativism

By |2014-01-18T15:21:17-06:00January 11th, 2013|Categories: Moral Imagination, Peter Blum, Relativism|

Those of us who identify in various ways as “conservative,” especially in academic settings, have a story that we like to tell. It is a story wherein we are the heroes, and the villain bears the name “relativism.” We all believe in truth, while it seems like a great many scholars nowadays do not, at [...]

Allan Bloom and Souls Without Longing

By |2015-05-27T13:22:40-05:00October 29th, 2012|Categories: Books, Education, Featured, Liberal Learning, Peter A. Lawler, Relativism|Tags: |

So I’ve gotten a lot (meaning several) emails complaining that I haven’t gotten around to keeping my promise of talking about Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind. Well, sorry. Here’s one reason why. I’m actually teaching that fascinating—and flawed—book right now, and I thought you’d learn more if I waited until after I [...]

Relativists an Endangered Species?

By |2016-11-26T09:52:13-06:00September 22nd, 2012|Categories: Liberal Learning, Quotation, Relativism|

Relativists are an endangered species on America’s campuses, and in 30 years they will probably be extinct—or, if not, then sequestered in made-up departments that are denigrated by the rest of the faculty and eyed predatorily by budget directors on the lookout for programs to cut. The Yale English department is a good example. In [...]

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