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Allan Bloom

Data de nascimento: 14. Setembro 1930
Data de falecimento: 7. Outubro 1992

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Allan David Bloom foi um filósofo e professor americano.

Bloom tornou-se famoso por suas críticas político-filosóficas à cultura. Ele é um dos mais famosos e importantes estudantes do filósofo alemão Leo Strauss, este último que imigrou para os EUA em 1938. Um de seus alunos mais conhecido é Francis Fukuyama, por seu polêmico livro "O fim da história".

Influenciando por Platão, Rousseau, Nietzsche e Leo Strauss. Seu trabalho exerceu uma forte influência sobre o movimento neoconservador norte-americano.

Citações Allan Bloom

„Only the search back to the origins of one’s ideas in order to see the real arguments for them, before people became so certain of them that they ceased thinking about them at all, can liberate us.“

—  Allan Bloom
Context: Only the search back to the origins of one’s ideas in order to see the real arguments for them, before people became so certain of them that they ceased thinking about them at all, can liberate us. Our study of history has taught us to laugh at the follies of the whole past, the monarchies, oligarchies, theocracies, and aristocracies with the fanaticism for empire or salvation, once taken so seriously. But we have very few tools for seeing ourselves in the same way, as others will see us. Each age always conspires to make its own way of thinking appear to be the only possible or just way, and our age has the least resistance to the triumph of its own way. There is less real presence of respectable alternatives and less knowledge of the titanic intellectual figures who founded our way. “Western Civ,” p. 20.

„The dislike of philosophy is perennial, and the seeds of the condemnation of Socrates are present at all times“

—  Allan Bloom
Context: I am now even more persuaded of the urgent need to study why Socrates was accused. The dislike of philosophy is perennial, and the seeds of the condemnation of Socrates are present at all times, not in the bosoms of pleasure-seekers, who don’t give a damn, but in those of high-minded and idealistic persons who do not want to submit their aspirations to examination. “Western Civ,” p. 19.

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