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Allan Bloom


Died when: 62 years 23 days (744 months)
Star Sign: Virgo

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, 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 the label, asserting 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.

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