The latest issues of the Center’s weekly, The Great Ideas Online (Nos. 1011-1014), discussed Mortimer Adler's August 15, 1978 Aspen Institute address on philosophy as everybody's business.
"The end we have in mind—an end that we now recognize no longer motivates or guides our institutions of higher learning and that we must hope Aspen can achieve—is the restoration of what Aristotle called paideia— the humanistic learning of the generalist that is no longer promoted or cultivated by our colleges and universities— or, in other words, a program of humanistic studies that aims at the preservation of culture and the dissemination of it for the enrichment of the Individual’s private life and the fullest development of the human spirit.".
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