Great Ideas: A Retrospective, Vol. 1

Great Ideas: A Retrospective, Vol. 1

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Written By: Mortimer J. Adler       
Narrated By: Mortimer J. Adler
Date: 01 December 2010
Duration: 12:29:00

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Philosophy Lectures Ethics

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First aired on KGO-TV in San Francisco from 1953-54, this original series offers a synoptical approach to the Great Books. It cannot be too oft repeated that philosophy is everybody's business. This compendium includes Adler's philosophic renditions of art, democracy, emotions, freedom, justice, progress, forms of government, liberal education, and more.

To be a human being is to be endowed with the proclivity to philosophize. Acknowledging this is not enough. It is also necessary to understand why this is so and what philosophy's business is. The answer, in two words, is Great Ideas-the ideas basic and indispensable to understanding ourselves, our society, and the world in which we live.-Mortimer Alder

[T]here's no question that the ideas [Adler] presents in these chapters are important. After all, they set the terms of a series of cultural and intellectual debates we're still having today-about art, curriculum and freedom.-Publishers Weekly

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Mortimer J. Adler

Mortimer Jerome Adler (December 28, 1902 – June 28, 2001) was an American philosopher, educator, and popular author. As a philosopher he worked within the Aristotelian and Thomistic traditions. He lived for long stretches in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and San Mateo, California. He worked for Columbia University, the University of Chicago, Encyclopædia Britannica, and Adler's own Institute for Philosophical Research.

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