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Adler, Mortimer Jerome, 1902-2001. Great books of the Western world. New York, NY : Scribner Classics. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china.

Adler worked with Scott Buchanan at the People's Institute and then for many years on their respective great books efforts (Buchanan as founder of the great books . The Great Ideas: A Lexicon of Western Thought (1992).

Adler worked with Scott Buchanan at the People's Institute and then for many years on their respective great books efforts (Buchanan as founder of the great books program at St. John's College). Natural Theology, Chance, and God (The Great Ideas Today, 1992). The Four Dimensions of Philosophy: Metaphysical–Moral–Objective–Categorical (1993). Art, the Arts, and the Great Ideas (1994). Philosophical Dictionary: 125 Key Terms for the Philosopher's Lexicon, Touchstone, 1995. How to Think About The Great Ideas (2000). How to Prove There is a God (2011).

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About 45 years ago, Mortimer Adler sat down at his manual typewriter with a list of authors, books and 102 great ideas. The essays, originally published in the Syntopicon (1952), were part of Encyclopaedia Britannica's Great Books of the Western World, and were revised in 1988 for EB's second publication of the series.

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The Great Ideas: A Lexicon of Western Thought. Upon completion of my last book, Art, the Arts, and the Great Ideas, my good friend and colleague Max Weismann, cofounder and director of the Center for the Study of Great Ideas in Chicago, urged me to undertake the writing of this book. The Four Dimensions of Philosophy. Art, the Arts, and the Great Ideas. His conviction was that not only would this book represent a summation of my philosophical views, but it would afford readers, when read with my other works, an invaluable guidebook on how to think about the future.

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Most Complete Bibliography. Biographical Sketch & Partial Bibliography. Dr. Mortimer J. Adler (December 28, 1902- June 28, 2001). 1961) Great Ideas from the Great Books. 1966) How to Read a Book: A Guide to Reading the Great Books. 1967) The Difference of Man and the Difference It Makes. 1970) The Time of Our Lives: The Ethics of Common Sense. 1993) The Four Dimensions of Philosophy:. 1994) Art, the Arts, and the Great Ideas.

How to Think About the Great Ideas: From the Great Books of Western Civilization. Gateway to the great books: 10 volumes. Robert M. Hutchins, Mortimer J. Adler, Fred Steffen. Download (EPUB). Читать. How to Think About the Great Ideas: From the Great Books of Western Civilization. Download (PDF). How to Read a Book (A Touchstone book).

Forty-five years ago, Mortimer Adler sat down at a manual typewriter with a list of authors and a pyramid of books. Beginning with "Angel" and ending with "World," he set out to write 102 essays featuring the ideas that have collectively defined Western thought for more than twenty-five hundred years. The essays, originally published in the Syntopicon, were, and remain, the centerpiece of Encyclolpaedia Britannica's Great Books of the Western World. These essays, never before available except as part of the Great Books, are, according to Clifton Fadiman, Adler's finest work.

This comprehensive volume includes pieces on topics such as "War and Peace," "Love," "God," and "Truth" that amply quote the historical sources of these ideas -- from the works of Homer to Freud, from Marcus Aurelius to Virginia Woolf. These essays evoke the sense of a lively debate among the great writers and thinkers of Western civilization. It is almost as if these authors were sitting around a large table face-to-face, differing in their opinions and arguing about issues that are acutely relevant to the present day. Now available in a handsome Scribner Classics edition, The Great Ideas also contains Adler's own essay explaining why the twentieth century, though witness to dramatic discoveries and technological advances, cannot understand these achievements without seeing them in the larger context of the past twenty-five centuries.

Adler's purely descriptive synthesis presents the key points of view on almost three thousand questions without endorsing or favoring any one of them. More than a thousand pages, containing more than half a million words on more than two millennia of Western thought, The Great Ideas is an essential work that draws the reader into our civilization's great conversation of great ideas.

In 1955 my sister sold me her unread set of Great Books of the Western World and I carried them around all the places I lived until I turned them over to my son about ten years ago. I missed having easy access to Mortimer J. Adler's astonishingly clear essays on the 101 "great ideas" that he had divided all human knowledge into, and that's where this one-volume edition comes in. Sometimes I just want to review a summary of what the great thinkers thought about something and I can thumb to the appropriate essay and wham, there is is an introduction to Love or Space or Democracy and I don't have to keep a shelf of 54 volumes of Great Books, most of which I won't be reading anyhow. So, I highly recommend Adler's "Lexicon of Western Thought," these 101 introductory essays that never cease to amaze me.
"Great Ideas" explains every important idea/concept in history. It is the place to start in your journey to understand the universe and humanity in it. If you only read one book in your life this should be it. If you learn and put this knowledge to use, then you can change the world or add to the collective intelligence of humanity. Adler is the best at explaining these ideas in the global, historical, and eternal context. Do you want to jumpstart your enjoyment and ability to appreciate mathematics? Then you just have to read that chapter in this book for mathematics. Are you curious about what humanity has been thinking when it comes to the idea of space and time? Start here. This book in combination with "The complete idiot's guid to theories of the universe" will enable you to understand reality and your ideal function in it. You have the tools to dream and realize dreams of the most ideal and passionate kind. Check out my other reviews and things to learn more about how to become a great influential hero for humanity.
I have more than 2,000 books in my library, and I cherish none more than this great compendium of Western intellectual thought.
The book has 102 chapters, covering every imaginable topic under the sun: such as Justice, War, Peace, Liberty, Freedom, Sin, the World, Intellect, Knowledge, and dozens more. Each chapter is about five pages, two columns each, of dense thought expressed throughout the ages -- from Plato through James, from Homer through Tolstoy, from Copernicus through Einstein -- highlighting the best that ever has been imagined or thought.
The author synthesizes the great and important ideas arising over the eras, taking no sides, but expositing the different and divergent ideas these great thinkers committed to writing for posterity's benefit. It's like reading the whole library of the Great Books of Western Civilization in a thematic, rather than, serialized, manner.
I've grown accustomed to reading a chapter a day, and then rereading these chapters as ideas pop up in other contexts. In these chapters I find such disparate sages as Jane Austin, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Aquinas, Descartes, Aristotle, Darwin, and everyone else who has something to contribute. This tome is truly encyclopeadic and catholic in scope and reference.
If I had the time and the means, I would read these original sources for myself and develop a card catalogue of the massive resources for the mere pleasure of knowledge for its own sake. But as time doesn't permit such a rigorous endeavor, I find Adler's synthesis to be the next best thing.
This book will be a great resource for the whole family, especially adults and adolescents just beginning their studies. It will be of great value to those of college-level, where many students are bereft of these great ideas, cast aside for more "politically correct" authors and ideas. This book is a suitable bromide against the myopia of modernity and its tendencies toward nihilism. Above all, it is the best that has ever been thought or said.
What a treasure trove! I am getting a "classical education" late in life, and this book is part of the cornerstone of that endeavor. Simply wrapping my mind around these great ideas each day has given me an explosion of new interests, things to talk about, issues to pursue. This may prove to be one of the most paradigm-shifting books I have ever read.
Shipped fast, cover is a little worn, but this is an absolute treasure
Greatest collections of essays ever written on the great ideals of mankind. Concise, extremely erudite, written by Mortimer J., without question a modern Thomist. Highly recommended, and if you read it completely, will be remembered as an accomplishment of a lifetime.
Exposes the reader to the world's most critical philosophical questions, issues, and concepts; an excellent sourcebook for stiimulating the mind.
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