Six Great Ideas by Mortimer J. Adler

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This enlightening study is the result of group discussions at Dr. Adler's annual seminar in Aspen, Colorado, and conversations between Dr. Adler and Bill moyers filmed for public television.

Each summer, Mortimer J. Adler conducts a seminar at the Aspen Institute in Colorado. At the 1981 seminar, leaders from the worlds of business, literature, education, and the arts joined him in an in-depth consideration of the six great ideas that are the subject of this book: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty - the ideas we judge by; and Liberty, Equality and Justice - the ideas we act on. The group discussions and conversations between Dr. Adler and journalist Bill Moyers were filmed for broadcast on public television, and thousands of people followed their exploration of these important ideas. Discarding the out-worn and off-putting jargon of academia, Dr. Adler dispels the myth that philosophy is the exclusive province of the specialist. He argues that "philosophy is everybody's business," and that a better understanding of these fundamental concepts is essential if we are to cope with the political, moral, and social issues that confront us daily.
 

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Mortimer J. Adler was the director of the Institute for Philosophical Research in Chicago and a member of the board of editors of the Encyclopedia Brittanica. Weismann co-founded the Center for the Study of The Great Ideas. He is chairman of the Great Books Academy, which brings the Great Books and The Great Ideas to home schoolers.
 
Published December 1, 1997 by Touchstone. 256 pages
Genres: Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Early on, Adler declares that truth consists in the correspondence between mind and reality, and before long he's talking about ""objective truth,"" which is ""forever and immutably true."" Augustine and Aquinas, among others, would agree, but what about, say, William James and his friends the ra...

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