Third Place – Bloom Essay Competition

“Bloom’s Closing Revisited” It may well be that a society’s greatest madness seems normal to itself. Introduction: Fifteen years after his death, Allan Bloom still commands a rapt audience. This past April, his thoughts once again filled a University of Chicago lecture hall. Though he was a brilliant essayist, translator, and educator in his own […]

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First Place – Bloom Essay Competition

“The Permanent Questions Are Still Permanent: A Reflection on Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind” Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind, “a meditation on the state of our souls, particularly those of the young, and their education”, ultimately reflects on a problem that goes back to Socrates: the tension between the […]

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