Saturday, October 6, 2007

Taking Credit Where None is Merited

Recently the Center for the American University sponsored an essay contest on Allan Bloom's book The Closing of the American Mind on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of its publication. They invited college students - many of whom had not been born when Bloom's book was published - to write of its continued importance and relevance. A Georgetown student was awarded second place for the contest, and I'm tempted to take some credit, but will demur since he didn't win first place. No, but seriously, Mr. James Crowley is a stand-out student of political philosophy and, compounding that folly, was a student in my seminar last year on the thought of Leo Strauss. He is also a student fellow of the Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy, an initiative I founded and direct at Georgetown. The Center for the American University has posted the award winning essays on its website, and I commend Mr. Crowley's very fine essay to your attention here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I notice that my citations did not make it onto the Institute's web site... mostly Bloom, and a reference to Deneen! Take some credit; I couldn't have done it without you.