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Bloom, Allan

The main argument of Allan David Bloom's (1930–92) The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students (1987), is that the declining popularity of the classic liberal arts in American colleges and universities since the 1960s has led to the diminishment of the soul (at the individual level) and democracy (at the societal level). A professor of social thought at the University of Chicago at the time of publication, Bloom wrote from the point of view of an academic insider. Bloom believed that American institutions of higher learning had moved away from their most important mission, which was to provide what he called a “liberal education” to its students. A liberal education, for Bloom, was ...

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