How to Think about the Great Ideas From the Great Books of Western Civilization

ISBN-10: 0812694120
ISBN-13: 9780812694123
Edition: 2000
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date: 3/28/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 600
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Born in New York, Mortimer Adler was educated at Columbia University. Later as a philosophy instructor there, he taught in a program focused on the intellectual foundations of Western civilization. Called to the University of Chicago in 1927 by President Robert Maynard Hutchins, Adler played a major role in renovating the undergraduate curriculum to center on the "great books." His philosophical interests committed to the dialectical method crystallized in a defense of neo-Thomism, but he never strayed far from concerns with education and other vital public issues. From 1942 to 1945, Adler was director of the Institute for Philosophical Research, based in San Francisco, California. Beginning in 1945 he served as associate editor of Great Books of the Western World series, and in 1952 he published Syntopicon, an analytic index of the great ideas in the great books. In 1966 he became director of the editorial planning for the fifteen edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and in 1974, chairman of its editorial board. Adler has been devoted in recent years to expounding his interpretations of selected great ideas and to advocating his Paideia Proposal. That proposal would require that all students receive the same quantity and quality of education, which would concentrate on the study of the great ideas expressed in the great books, a study conducted by means of the dialectical method. Mortimer J. Adler died June 28, 2001 at his home in San Mateo, California at the age of 98.

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Author's Introduction
How to Think about Truth
How to Think about Opinion
The Difference between Knowledge and Opinion
Opinion and Human Freedom
Opinion and Majority Rule
How to Think about Man
How Different Are Humans?
The Darwinian Theory of Human Origin
The Answer to Darwin
The Uniqueness of Man
How to Think about Emotion
How to Think about Love
Love as Friendship: A World Without Sex
Sexual Love
The Morality of Love
How to Think about Good and Evil
How to Think about Beauty
How to Think about Freedom
How to Think about Learning
Youth Is a Barrier to Learning
How to Read a Book
How to Talk
How to Watch TV
How to Think about Art
The Kinds of Art
The Fine Arts
The Goodness of Art
How to Think about Justice
How to Think about Punishment
How to Think about Language
How to Think about Work
Work, Play, and Leisure
The Dignity of All Kinds of Work
Work and Leisure Then and Now
Work, Leisure, and Liberal Education
How to Think about Law
The Kinds of Law
The Making of Law
The Justice of Law
How to Think about Government
The Nature of Government
The Powers of Government
The Best Form of Government
How to Think about Democracy
How to Think about Change
How to Think about Progress
How to Think about War and Peace
How to Think about Philosophy
How Philosophy Differs from Science and Religion
Unsolved Problems of Philosophy
How Can Philosophy Progress?
How to Think about God
Historical Note: How This Book Came to Be
Index

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