Allan Bloom


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Allan David Bloom (September 14, 1930 – October 7, 1992) was an American philosopher, classicist, and academic. 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... more »

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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 (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. "Books," pt. 1, The Closing of the American Mind (1987).
  • ''The most important function of the university in an age of reason is to protect reason from itself.''
    Allan Bloom (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. "From Socrates' Apology to Heidegger's Rektoratsrede," pt. 3, The Closing of the American Mind (1987)....
  • ''Reason transformed into prejudice is the worst form of prejudice, because reason is the only instrument for liberation from prejudice.''
    Allan Bloom (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. "From Socrates' Apology to Heidegger's Rektoratsrede," pt. 3, The Closing of the American Mind (1987)....
  • ''As soon as tradition has come to be recognized as tradition, it is dead.''
    Allan Bloom (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. "The Clean Slate," pt. 1, The Closing of the American Mind (1987).
  • ''Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise ... specialized competence and success are all that they can imagine.''
    Allan Bloom (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. "The Clean Slate," pt. 1, The Closing of the American Mind (1987).
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