28 December 1902 Birth of “How to read a book” author Mortimer Adler #otdimjh


On This Day In Messianic Jewish History

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Mortimer Adler(December 28, 1902 – June 28, 2001) was a philosopher, educator, and popular author. He is best known for his classic of American popular culture, “How to Read a Book”.

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As a philosopher he worked within the Aristotelian and Thomistic traditions. He lived for the longest 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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Brought up Jewish, he remained for most of his life agnostic, but working within Christian thought. He lectured as a secular Jew in Catholic Universities, and defended traditional (and somewhat right-wing) values. He compiled and edited the series “Great Books of the Western World”.

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His heroes were the great philosophers: Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, John Locke, John Stuart Mill and others, who taught him to think, argue, articulate and make difficult ideas accessible to those…

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