Allan Bloom

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Allan Bloom (14 September 1930 - 7 October 1992) was an American philosopher and classicist.[1]

Shadia Drury credits Bloom with popularising the ideas of his teacher Leo Strauss in his bestselling book The Closing of the American Mind.[2]


Bloom's students included Paul Wolfowitz, who provided the basis for the character of Phil Gorman in Saul Bellow's novel Ravelstein, a roman á clef portrait of Bloom's life.[3]


External Resources


  1. Keith Botsford, Obituary: Professor Allan Bloom, Independent, 12 October 1992.
  2. Shadia Drury, Leo Strauss and the American Right, St Martin's Press, 199, p.6.
  3. James Fallows, The Unilateralist, The Atlantic, March 2002.