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Context with Brad Harris

Brad Harris, Historian

Context with Brad Harris
53 MIN2019 JUL 30
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As a follow up to my review of Allan Bloom’s book, The Closing of the American Mind , I wanted to bring in the perspective of Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen; she’s a historian I really admire and she’s an expert on much of the intellectual history that Allan Bloom engaged.  

Jennifer and I discuss Allan Bloom’s book and it’s influence on academic culture, we talk a lot about the ideas of the 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, given how important Nietzsche has been to America’s intellectual history, and we discuss some of the problems in higher education, especially academics’ resistance to engaging with the public beyond their narrow specialties.  

It was a fascinating conversation, and a real privilege to connect with Jennifer, and I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.

I recommend her books:

The Ideas that Made America: A Brief History 

American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas 

Thank you all for helping to make these conversations possible.