The Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom

Context with Brad Harris | 2 May 2019 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the ideas in Allan Bloom’s Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students. Published in 1987, the book sold millions of copies and instigated a battle over the soul of the American University that’s been raging ever since. Bloom decried what he saw as a morally and intellectually crippling relativism and argued that the goal of education is not to become open to all ideas, but to cultivate the search for the best ideas.