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Allan Bloom (philosopher)

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Who is Allan Bloom?

Allan Bloom: Allan David Bloom was an American philosopher, classicist, and academician. He studied under David Grene, Leo Strauss, Richard McKeon and Alexandre Kojève. He subsequently taught at Cornell University, the University of Toronto, Yale University, École Normale Supérieure of Paris, and the University of Chicago. Bloom championed the idea of Great Books education and became famous for his criticism of contemporary American higher education, with his views being expressed in his bestselling 1987 book, The Closing of the American Mind. Characterized as a conservative in the popular media, Bloom explicitly stated that this was a misunderstanding and made it clear that he was not to be affiliated with any conservative movements. Saul Bellow wrote Ravelstein, a roman à clef based on Bloom, his friend and colleague at the University of Chicago.

  • also known as Allan David Bloom
  • born on (84 years ago) in Indianapolis
  • nationality: United States of America
  • education: PhD (Social thought) at University of Chicago, graduated in
  • profession: Writer, philosopher, professor
  • died on (22 years ago) in Chicago of liver failure
  • written works: "The Closing of the American Mind", "Shakespeare on love and friendship", "Love & friendship", "Giants and dwarfs", "Gigantes y Enanos", "Amor y Amistad", "The Republic of Plato", "Shakespeare's Politics"
  • award: - Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences, US & Canada (Political Science)

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