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

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Open Court, Mar 1, 2000 - Philosophy - 554 pages
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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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Contents

How to Think about Good and Evil
How to Think about Beauty
How to Think about Freedom
How to Think about Learning
How to Think about Government
The Nature of Government
The Powers of Government
The Best Form of Government

How to Think about
How Different Are Humans?
The Darwinian Theory of Mans Origin
The Answer to Darwin
The Uniqueness of
How to Think about Emotion
How to Think about Love
A World Without
Sexual Love
The Morality of Love
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?
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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.

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