Allan Bloom, 1930 - 1992

What [The Closing of the American Mind] provides, whether or not one agrees with its conclusions, is an indispensable guide for discussion, not a mere skimming of the tradition, but a completely articulated, historically accurate summary, a trustworthy resumé of the development of higher mental life in the democratic USA.

— Saul Bellow


Allan Bloom was born in 1930 in Indianapolis, Indiana. At his death in 1992, Bloom was the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and co-director of the John M. Olin Center for Inquiry into the Theory and Practice of Democracy.
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A leading student of the political philosopher Leo Strauss, Allan Bloom held professorships and other teaching positions at Yale, Cornell, the University of Toronto, the University of Chicago, Tel Aviv University, and the Ecole Normale Supérieure.
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