William Egginton poses the provocative question in his new book: ‘Are we in danger of losing our civic culture’? As the head of a humanities institute at Johns Hopkins University, he sees the goal of our higher educational system–to strengthen community–slipping away. And while he supports the inclusion of previously dispossessed groups, he wonders whether our culture’s new emphasis on individual rights might need further calibration to insure civic discourse and intellectual pursuits that allow for divergent viewpoints. His book, ‘The Splintering of the American Mind’ may be seen as a follow on to the 1980’s tome by Allan Bloom of ‘The Closing of the American Mind’.
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