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Giants and Dwarfs: Essays, 1960-1990

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A collection of essays on teachers, books and education, from the author of The Closing of the American Mind. In this book, current liberal theories of justice are criticized, the shortcomings of the modern university are analyzed and the works of Shakespeare, Swift and Plato are examined.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Touchstone Books (first published 1990)
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Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
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The controversy over Allan Bloom is somewhat curious. But at root, I think many were offended by the tone of his essays and his unremitting sarcasm.

Nussbaum argues that he is not a philosopher. And her comment feels pejorative. But I agree, I don't think Bloom was a philosopher. He was a brilliant academic who recognized genius (in particular Aristotle, Plato, Rosseau) and wanted our feeble minds to understand their greatness. He argues for a stripped-down reading of their work (free of modern
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Jun 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I was never a fan of Bloom, but there are lovely essays here--- esp. the pieces on Leo Strauss, Raymond Aron, and Alexander Kojeve. Fine, fine writing and perceptive essays on three men whose work is very much worth reading.
Rutger
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Primarily interesting for those who want to know more of the eccentric creature Allan Bloom was. Interesting are his essays on Kojeve, Strauss, and Aron. And his praise of FDR as greatest American leader of the twentieth century.
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Whether or not you agree with Bloom's ideas and interpretations of the great thinkers, you have to admit, he's a great writer.
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Brilliant insightful analysis of contemporary culture.
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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.