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Allan Bloom

Born: Sep 14, 1930

Death: Oct 7, 1992

Birthplace: Indianapolis

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Allan Bloom

Date of Birth : Sep 14, 1930
Date of Death : Oct 7, 1992
Birth Place : Indianapolis

Allan David Bloom was an American philosopher, classicist, and academician. He studied under David Grene, Leo Strauss, Richard McKeon and Alexandre Kojeve. He subsequently taught at Cornell University, the University of Toronto, Yale University, Ecole Normale Superieure 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 a clef based on Bloom, his friend and colleague at the University of Chicago.


  • Writer
  • Professor
  • Philosopher

Also known as

  • Allan David Bloom

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences, US & Canada
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