Friday, September 23, 2016
Friday, September 16, 2016
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
From the Center: Adler on Progress; failure and character; Thucydides; "safe spaces"; the presidency;
- On Costica Bradatan's views on failure and humility
- "The Priorities of Getting it Right and Getting Along", a Special Edition, by Center Member Peter DeMarco
- Mortimer Adler on progress as one of The Great Ideas
- Biographical note on Thucydides
- Noting a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal from Paige Rodriguez of Louisville, Colorado, on the purpose of education and University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer's statement on "safe spaces"
- On Brion McClanahan's account of the office of the President
- On Mortimer Adler and Robert Hutchins in Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values, by Robert M. PirsigRobert M. Pirsig, see pp. 341-43
- 3 for 2 Video Sale
Friday, September 9, 2016
Sunday, September 4, 2016
Via Ann Althouse who has four points in response.
Friday, September 2, 2016
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
- Mortimer Adler on satisfaction of desire
- Mortimer Adler on specialization
- The 50 Most Influential Living Philosophers
- Thought from Cicero and Seneca
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Monday, August 22, 2016
- Mortimer Adler on principle as one of The Great Ideas
- Biographical note on Herodotus
- Harold Bloom on Don Quixote
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Monday, August 15, 2016
- Mortimer Adler on the cause of war, continued
- Hadley Arkes on recasting virtue in regard to public life
- On reading and longevity
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Friday, August 12, 2016
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Video of the session is posted at Holy Apostles College and Seminary.
"Mortimer Adler’s How to Think about War and Peace is a fine example of Enlightenment political thought. The book addresses how it is that a world federation might, through the device of reasoning about law and constitutions, bring about world peace. He posits that government is the cause of peace, and so a world government is necessary to world peace. It is a thoughtful book, and he is careful to address opposing points of view, but he assumes that human beings will be able to reasonably agree as to what is good for mankind.The previous session was a Panel Discussion, Mortimer Adler on War and Peace, see this earlier post.
"While Adler is correct in pointing to the 'modern' idea of absolute sovereignty as adequate for world peace, various analysts of the post-Kantian, post-modern world would argue that a world federation is impossible. The weakness of the UN is the inevitable result of a lack of a universal agreement about meaning. I would like to address the problem of how diverse and complex is the problem of dialogue and agreement.
"To that end I will discuss Elie Kedourie’s book Nationalism which deals with the post-Enlightenment rejection of reason as the foundation of government, so to show the difficulties that our contemporaries face in achieving some congruence of vision as to the foundation of life together. I would discuss how nineteenth century theories of nationalism undermine constitutional sovereignty and law by making the unconscious side of human nature the central fact of human life, rather than reason, thus race and language come to be seen as the primary bond between people, rather than rational consent to law."
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Friday, August 5, 2016
Thursday, August 4, 2016
- Mortimer Adler on the cause of war
- Adler on poetry as one of The Great Ideas
- Biographical note on Aristophanes
- Adler on conducting a Socratic seminar
- The New Criterion on the future of higher education in the internet age
Monday, August 1, 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016
Thursday, July 28, 2016
This followed the Introduction to the conference and the Mortimer Adler video, see this earlier post.
- Mortimer Adler on the pursuit of truth
- Sixteen essays on Great Ideas published in The Great Ideas Today, the annual supplement to Great Books of the Western World published 1961-1998.
- Frodeman and Briggle's critique of contemporary philosophy
- Mortimer Adler at 79, The New York Times, November 15, 1981