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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
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Friday, July 22, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Introduction to Mortimer Adler on War and Peace, by Terrence Berres (Center for the Study of The Great Ideas).
Video from the Conference earlier this month in Huntington, New York, posted at
Holy Apostles College and Seminary.
Update: the next session, based on Dr. Adler's writings and the video, was a Panel Discussion, Mortimer Adler on War and Peace.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
- Mortimer Adler on modern science and ancient wisdom
- Donald Kagan on studying the history of Western Civilization
- Adler on Pleasure and Pain as one of The Great Ideas
- Biographical note on Euripides
- The Classic Learning Test
Here at the weblog, added Omnivoracious - The Amazon Book Review to the Books and Ideas Blogroll in the sidebar.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Nikhil Sonnad examines the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy at Quartz.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
- James V. Schall, S. J., on living in the present
- Mortimer Adler on the course of ancient philosophy
- Adler on Physics as one of The Great Ideas
- Biographical notes on Homer, Aeschylus and Sophocles
- A guide to reading Plato's Apology and Crito
- On the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence
- Peter Redpath's tribute to Mortimer Adler (December 28, 1902 - June 28, 2001)
- The Idea of Freedom (2 vol.) as part of a Summa Dialectica
- Jonathan Sacks on anger and politics
- Great Books Quiz
Friday, July 8, 2016
Sunday, July 3, 2016
- Mortimer Adler on opinion and majority rule
- Adler on virtue and happiness
- Adler on Philosophy as one of The Great Ideas
- Richard Feynman on teaching