The Cult of Niceness

By |2019-08-15T12:50:34-05:00November 25th, 2013|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Compassion, Education|Tags: |

More than twenty-five years ago, in The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom pointed out that college students in the United States had become very “nice.” Students in general did not want to offend anyone and there was a constant concern to protect one another’s feelings. Bloom meant this as a half-hearted, even backhanded [...]

Who Closed the American Mind? Allan Bloom, Edmund Burke, & Multiculturalism

By |2020-11-13T15:14:36-06:00May 29th, 2013|Categories: Books, Culture, Edmund Burke, Education|Tags: , , , |

Allan Bloom’s “The Closing of the American Mind”, remains a kind of liberation, an intellectually adventurous work written with a kind of boldness and even recklessness rarely to be found in today’s more politically correct and cramped age. But it rejected conservative impulses. One crisp morning 26 years ago I was walking across the campus [...]

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 [...]

The Socratic Philosopher and the American Individual

By |2017-08-03T13:49:32-05:00March 6th, 2012|Categories: Books, Classics, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Liberal Learning, Peter A. Lawler, Socrates|Tags: , |

Today, Allan Bloom’s unlikely 1987 bestseller The Closing of the American Mind is in some ways truer and more moving than ever. I have just taught the book in a class (one that began by reading Tocqueville) filled mostly with very smart yet still overachieving Evangelical students. They eagerly embraced the book as evidence of [...]

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