Allan BloomAllan D. Bloom
(September 14, 1930-October 7, 1992) studied under Leo Strauss
at the University of Chicago
. He taught political philosophy at the University of Toronto
and the University of Chicago. He became widely known after publishing The Closing of the American Mind
in 1987. In Saul Bellow
's quasi-biographical novel "Ravelstein", the title character is reputed to have been based on Bloom.
The Closing of the American mind suggests that Higher education is failing, in part because of an uncritical acceptance of value relativism, w