This critique about the intellectual and moral confusions of our age promotes the view that young people, lacking an understanding of the past and a vision of the future, live in an impoverished present. The author claims that universities no longer provide the knowledge of the great tradition of philosophy and literature that made students aware ...
This critique about the intellectual and moral confusions of our age promotes the view that young people, lacking an understanding of the past and a vision of the future, live in an impoverished present. The author claims that universities no longer provide the knowledge of the great tradition of philosophy and literature that made students aware of the order of nature and of man's place within it and that higher education fails to arouse or to nurture the self-knowledge that has always been the basis for serious, humane learning. The result is a diagnosis of cultural changes which occurred in the last decades in Western civilization, including changes in the language of politics and morals.
The author brought out prespectives on where America is. It's a perspective that I view negative to the future of filling of the soul. Where one would agree with Niesche, that God is dead. With disagreement that, God lives; supported by, and on how society is viewed. It's a perspective that I seen in and on how a structure is based upon faith and action. Characterizing society as shallow; knocking students down a level. Where the authors strongest example is of what the professor is filling the student up with. Never showing direction on where it was thought of through out the book. Waiting, waiting, waiting, was my soul; to learn by his observations. I wondered where the author stood; stating on where things are learnt and tought. The author gave a wandering view and into the sad state of ever finishing such a book.
Publishers Weekly, 1988-03-04 This work by a University of Chicago professor was a bestseller in cloth. According to PW, ``marred by the author's biases, this jeremiad laments the decay of the humanities, the decline of the family and students' spiritual rootlessness and unconnectedness to traditions.'' (May)
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