- Name: Allan Bloom
- Born: 09/14/1930
- Died: 10/07/1992 (62 years old)
Allan David Bloom (September 14, 1930 ? October 7, 1992) 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, Tel Aviv University, 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 denied that he was a conservative, and asserted that what he sought to defend was the “theoretical life”. Saul Bellow wrote Ravelstein, a roman à clef based on Bloom, his friend and colleague at the University of Chicago.
Birth Name: Allan David Bloom
Notable Works: The Closing of the American Mind (1987)
School: University of Chicago
Alias: Allan David Bloom
Birth Place: Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Death Place: Chicago, Illinois, U.S. |
Allan Bloom quotes :
Education in our times must try to find whatever there is in students that might yearn for completion, and to reconstruct the learning that would enable them autonomously to seek that completion.Allan Bloom
The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency - the belief that the here and now is all there is.Allan Bloom