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

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Drawing on his extensive knowledge of Western literature, philosophy, and history, Adler considers what is meant by democracy, law, emotion, language, truth, and other abstract concepts in light of more than two millennia of Western civilization. 15 photos.

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Adler, who has spent his lifetime making the important ideas of philosophy accessible to everyone, summarizes the most important ideas of Western thought, explicating their histories and developments as well as their importance in our lives today. He explains not only what the great ideas are, but why they are great, and explores topics such as art, democracy, emotion, God, love, truth, and work. Adler has taught at major universities, was associate editor of Encyclopedia Britannica's Great Books of the Western World series, and is the author of many books on a range of topics.
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Time magazine called Mortimer J. Adler a "philosopher for everyman." In this guide to considering the big questions, Adler addresses the topics all men and women ponder in the course of life, such as "What is love?", "How do we decide the right thing to do?", and, "What does it mean to be good?" Drawing on his extensive knowledge of Western literature, history, and philosophy, the author considers what is meant by democracy, law, emotion, language, truth, and other abstract concepts in light of more than two millennia of Western civilization and discourse. Adler's essays offer a remarkable and contemplative distillation of the Great Ideas of Western Thought.

Table of Contents

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 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.

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9780812694123
Editor:
Weismann, Max
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Weismann, Max
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Adler, Mortimer Jerome
Author:
Adler, Mortimer
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
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Chicago :
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Philosophy
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Essays
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American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Western
Subject:
Logic
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Civilization
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History, Criticism, Surveys
Subject:
Great books of the Western World.
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Western x
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History & Surveys - General
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Philosophy-Surveys
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Trade Paper
Series Volume:
9651
Publication Date:
20000331
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 BandW photos
Pages:
600
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 26 oz

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Time magazine called Mortimer J. Adler a "philosopher for everyman." In this guide to considering the big questions, Adler addresses the topics all men and women ponder in the course of life, such as "What is love?", "How do we decide the right thing to do?", and, "What does it mean to be good?" Drawing on his extensive knowledge of Western literature, history, and philosophy, the author considers what is meant by democracy, law, emotion, language, truth, and other abstract concepts in light of more than two millennia of Western civilization and discourse. Adler's essays offer a remarkable and contemplative distillation of the Great Ideas of Western Thought.

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