Allan Bloom


Born
in Indianapolis, Indiana, The United States
September 14, 1930

Died
October 07, 1992

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Allan David Bloom was an American philosopher, essayist and academic. Bloom championed the idea of 'Great Books' education, as did his mentor Leo Strauss. Bloom 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.

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The Closing of the American...

3.76 avg rating — 4,326 ratings — published 1987 — 34 editions
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Love and Friendship

4.17 avg rating — 134 ratings — published 1993 — 4 editions
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Giants and Dwarfs: Essays, ...

4.09 avg rating — 99 ratings — published 1990 — 5 editions
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Shakespeare's Politics

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Shakespeare on Love and Fri...

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Confronting The Constitutio...

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Statement on Alexander Kojève

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O Declínio da Cultura Ocide...

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Response to Fukuyama's *End...

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L’âme désarmée : Essai sur ...

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“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, The Closing of the American Mind

“Education is the movement from darkness to light.”
Allan Bloom

“Picture a thirteen-year-old boy sitting in the living room of his family home doing his math assignment while wearing his Walkman headphones or watching MTV. He enjoys the liberties hard won over centuries by the alliance of philosophic genius and political heroism, consecrated by the blood of martyrs; he is provided with comfort and leisure by the most productive economy ever known to mankind; science has penetrated the secrets of nature in order to provide him with the marvelous, lifelike electronic sound and image reproduction he is enjoying. And in what does progress culminate? A pubescent child whose body throbs with orgasmic rhythms; whose feelings are made articulate in hymns to the joys of onanism or the killing of parents; whose ambition is to win fame and wealth in imitating the drag-queen who makes the music. In short, life is made into a nonstop, commercially prepackaged masturbational fantasy.”
Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind
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