Six Great Ideas

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 1, 1997 - Philosophy - 260 pages
This enlightening study is the result of group discussions at Dr. Adler's annual seminar in Aspen, Colorado, and conversations between Dr. Adler and Bill moyers filmed for public television.

Each summer, Mortimer J. Adler conducts a seminar at the Aspen Institute in Colorado. At the 1981 seminar, leaders from the worlds of business, literature, education, and the arts joined him in an in-depth consideration of the six great ideas that are the subject of this book: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty - the ideas we judge by; and Liberty, Equality and Justice - the ideas we act on. The group discussions and conversations between Dr. Adler and journalist Bill Moyers were filmed for broadcast on public television, and thousands of people followed their exploration of these important ideas. Discarding the out-worn and off-putting jargon of academia, Dr. Adler dispels the myth that philosophy is the exclusive province of the specialist. He argues that "philosophy is everybody's business," and that a better understanding of these fundamental concepts is essential if we are to cope with the political, moral, and social issues that confront us daily.
 

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Contents

Philosophys Business 3
3
Plato Right and Wrong
7
Is and Ought
10
The Vocabulary of Thought 13 33
13
These Chosen
20
TRUTH GOODNESS AND BEAUTY
29
The Liar and the Skeptic
31
Milder Forms of Skepticism
39
From Truth and Goodness to Beauty
99
Admirable Beauty
111
The Sovereignty of Justice
135
The Liberties to Which We Are Entitled
149
The Dimensions of Equality
155
The Equalities to Which We Are Entitled
164
The Inequalities That Justice Also Requires
174
The Domain of Justice
186

The Realm of Doubt
46
The Pursuit of Truth
56
From Truth to Goodness and Beauty
64
The Justice and the Authority of
197
Concerning Truth Goodness and Beauty
209
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Dr. Mortimer J. Adler was Chairman of the Board of the Encyclopedia Britannica, Director of the Institute for Philosophical Research, Honorary Trustee of the Aspen Institute, and authored more than fifty books. He died in 2001.

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