Mortimer J. Adler

Mortimer J AdlerDr. Mortimer J. Adler


Born in New York City, The United States
December 28, 1902
June 28, 2001

Mortimer Jerome Adler was an American educator, philosopher, and popular author. As a philosopher he worked with Aristotelian and Thomistic thought. He lived for the longest stretches in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and San Mateo. He worked for Columbia University, the University of Chicago, Encyclopædia Britannica, and Adler’s own Institute for Philosophical Research.

Unlike many of my contemporaries, I never write books for my fellow professors to read. I have no interest in the academic audience at all. I’m interested in Joe Doakes. A general audience can read any book I write—and they do.

Source: Wikipedia



For those of you who would like to find out more about Dr. Adler’s amazing contributions to the fields of education and the American Religious idea you will want to look at this article which features a post from Tim Lacy of Loyola University. Lacy is co-founder of the Society for US Intellectual History (S-USIH), including the award-winning USIH Blog.  Lacy is also the author of the wonderful new work, The Dream of a Democratic Culture: Mortimer J. Adler and the Great Books Idea (Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History), which will be released in November.

Religion in American History


Six Great Ideas

How to Think About God: A Guide for the 20th Century Pagan

Truth In Religion: The Plurality of Religions and the Unity of Truth

Aristotle for Everybody

Desires: Right and Wrong

The Difference of Man and the Difference Man Makes

How to Read a Book

Ten Philosophical Mistakes

The Intellect: Mind Over Matter

How To Think About God

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