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Monday, February 18, 2019

Doable Deeds: Thinking philosophically reaches to wisdom

James Hanink at the New Oxford Review.

"What is this thinking about what makes us and our families and (shoot for the moon!) our cultures and countries whole? It’s philosophical thinking. In thinking this way, we go beyond expertise and adding to our skill sets. There’s also more to it than the exercise of our intelligence, though intellectual it surely is. Thinking philosophically aims at understanding parts in relation to wholes and wholes in relation to parts. Everything is what it is, and everything is in relation."

#OneAndMany #Wisdom

Friday, February 15, 2019

"The Capitalist Manifesto" by Louis O. Kelso and Mortimer J.Adler

The latest issue of the Center’s weekly, The Great Ideas Online (No. 978), begins a serialization of The Capitalist Manifesto (1958) by Louis Kelso and Mortimer Adler.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

The University in America

The latest issue of the Center’s weekly, The Great Ideas Online (No. 977), discussed this February 1983 address by Mortimer J. Adler on the occasion of the centennial of the University of North Dakota.

"[John] Dewey's appeal in 1916 for equal educational opportunity—equal in quality as well as quantity—went unheeded. Basic schooling in this country still exhibits the same two-track system that Jefferson advocated in 1817."

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#education

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Dynamic Transcendentals

Daniel B. Gallagher reviewed Dynamic Transcendentals: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty from a Thomistic Perspective (2012), by Alice Ramos, at The Maritain Notebook, American Maritain Association

#good and evil #philosophy

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Good and Evil

P.T. Geach, originally published in Analysis, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Dec. 1956), at the European Society for Moral Philosophy.

#good

Angelism and Politics

The latest issues of the Center’s weekly, The Great Ideas Online (Nos. 975-76), discussed this May 1, 1982 lecture by Mortimer J. Adler at the Maritain Centenary Symposium, University of Notre Dame.

"The state comes into existence for the sake of the good life of the individual person, who must never be sacrificed for the good of the whole community. Such sacrifice would be justified only if each were simply an individual member and not a person whose good transcends the good of the community."

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#democracy #matter #mind

Friday, January 11, 2019

Monday, January 7, 2019

Augustine: In His Own Words

Joseph Spencer reviews Augustine: In His Own Words (2010), by William Harmless, at The Maritain Notebook, American Maritain Association

#love #philosophy

Friday, December 28, 2018

Author Luncheon on 'The Angels and Us'

The latest issue/s of the Center’s weekly, The Great Ideas Online (No. 974) discussed Mortimer Adler's remarks at an author luncheon on his The Angels and Us c. 1982. Mortimer Adler was born on this date in 1902.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Mortimer Adler’s Greatest Idea: Teaching Kids How to Think

The latest issue/s of the Center’s weekly, The Great Ideas Online (No. 973), discussed this article by Susan Walton, published in Education Week October 5, 1981.

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#education

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Remembering Bill Siegel

The Great Books Foundation on the death earlier today of a long-time member of its staff.

"Bill was great with teachers and kids. He was a passionate supporter of close reading and dynamic discussion. ...

"Bill brought his filmmaking expertise to us as well, helping us create many videos that showed teachers and kids discussing great stories. ..."

At the Chicago Tribune, this report, Bill Siegel, Oscar-nominated Chicago documentary filmmaker behind 'Weather Underground,' has died.

#education

The Religious Imagination of T.S. Eliot

"Russell [Kirk} was invited to Hillsdale College to delivery this address at a conference on Christianity and Literature June 26, 1988. He was introduced by Dr. Michael Bauman."

#art #religion

Sunday, December 9, 2018

What Happened to the Great Ideas

The latest issue/s of the Center’s weekly, The Great Ideas Online (No. 972), discussed this article by John Berlau on the then-recent death of Mortimer Adler, originally published in Insight on the News, Volume 17, Issue 32, August 27, 2001.

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#idea #MortimerAdler

Friday, December 7, 2018

Dante and the Blessed Virgin

Curtis L. Hancock reviewed Dante and the Blessed Virgin (2010), by Ralph McInerny, at The Maritain Notebook, American Maritain Association

#art #good

Thursday, December 6, 2018

How to Spread the Wealth

Anthony B. Atkinson on "Practical Policies for Reducing Inequality" at Foreign Affairs

#equality #wealth

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Can a Christian Philosophy Exist?

Peter A. Redpath recently presented this lecture [audio] at Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix, Arizona

#philosophy #religion

Is Democracy Good for the Poor?

Michael Ross at the American Journal of Political Science

#democracy #equality #wealth

Friday, November 30, 2018

Three Thinkers: Adler, Simon, and Maritain

The latest issues of the Center’s weekly, The Great Ideas Online (Nos. 969-971), discussed these recollections by Donald A. Gallagher.

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#philosophy #MortimerAdler

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Homer Gets a Tax Cut

Larry M. Bartels on "Inequality and Public Policy in the American Mind", published in Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Mar., 2005), pp. 15-31.

(via Adam Berinsky)

#equality #wealth

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Great Books: Enemies of Wisdom

Not everyone's a fan.

For example, Frederick Wilhelmsen, originally published at Modern Age (Summer/Fall 1987), republished at The Imaginative Conservative.

#education

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Why Hasn't Democracy Slowed Rising Inequality?

Adam Bonica, Nolan McCarty, Keith T. Poole, and Howard Rosenthal at the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

#democracy #equality #wealth

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Aquinas Leadership International Update - November 2018

From Peter A. Redpath, "I write to update you about some developments related to the Aquinas Leadership International (ALI) group, our affiliate organizations, and other groups interested in ALI’s work. ..."
 WITH GREAT SADNESS, WE WISH TO INFORM OUR READERS OF THE DEATH OF OUR COLLEAGUE
HERBERT I. LONDON
ON 11 NOVEMBER 2018
FOR DETAILS ABOUT HERB'S PASSING, PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING LINKS:

SIXTH ANNUAL AQUINAS LEADERSHIP INTERNATIONAL WORLD CONGRESS
CALL FOR PAPERS AND PANEL PROPOSALS
Topic: “How, If in Any Way, are Metaphysics, Ethics, Cultural Leadership, and Politics Essentially Related?”

Dates: Thursday Evening, 02 May 2019–Saturday Evening, 04 May 2019
Location: Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix, Arizona and Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, Carefree, Arizona
Congress Details: If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel at this World Congress, ASAP, please contact Congress Chair Peter Redpath at:
peterredpath@aquinasschoolofleadership.com
Special Note: A few, multiple-occupancy (up to 3 persons), rooms have been reserved at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center.
If you plan to participate in this event and stay at the Retreat Center, you should let the Congress
Chair know this NOW.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Schools brief on liberalism

At The Economist, The brains trust: The ideas of liberalism’s greatest thinkers; And why they still matter.

The father of liberalism: Against the tyranny of the majority John Stuart Mill's warning still resonates today.

De Tocqueville and the French exception: The gloomiest of the great liberals worried that democracy might not be compatible with liberty.

Was John Maynard Keynes a liberal? People should be free to choose. It was their freedom not to choose that troubled him.

The exiles fight back: Hayek, Popper and Schumpeter formulated a response to tyranny. Their lives and reputations diverged, but their ideas were rooted in the traumas of their shared birthplace.

Three post-war liberals strove to establish the meaning of freedom: Berlin, Rawls and Nozick put their faith in the sanctity of the individual.

The prophets of illiberal progress: Rousseau, Marx and Nietzsche. Terrible things have been done in their name.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Proust's longest sentence

...in the original French, an English translation, and diagrammed, at Quora.

#art #language

Wednesday, November 21, 2018