Heidegger was a Nazi. Ezra Pound was an anti-Semite. Admired thinkers and artists are some- times ugly people. Usually we can separate the merit of their intellectual contributions from their character flaws. But then, the "state of our souls" or mankind's "highest aspirations" are not every intellectual's explicit domain, as they were for the late University of Chicago professor Allan Bloom. Nobody expected Nietzsche or Machiavelli, for example, to be nice guys. But Bloom—having dared to disapprove of us, intoning sagely, "Know thyself," and having measured our culture and found it wanting in depth and nobility—should have absorbed at least some of his teachings and been a... More >>>