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Six Great Ideas by Mortimer J. Adler

Six Great Ideas (1981)

by Mortimer J. Adler

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What Mortimer J. Adler has done is to write a book on six of the greatest of the great ideas yet conceived by humankind, a book that is free from the "in" vocabulary usually employed in philosophy and other specialized fields. It is invitingly accessible to everyone who ever thrilled to, or puzzled or agonized over, these ideas. This is why the book fulfills the democratic criterion implied in its very first sentence: "It cannot be too often repeated that philosophy is everybody's business."
The six great ideas form a pair of trios. Liberty, equality, and justice define the social sphere of our existence. Truth, goodness, and beauty define how our minds relate to everything outside of us. It is this distinction that leads Dr. Adler to characterize the trios as the engines of two different vehicles of human behavior. Truth, goodness, and beauty--which he calls the more fundamental trio--are the ideas we judge by. Liberty, equality, and justice are the ideas we live by and act on.
Written in the same near-conversational style as his earlier works, this one will renew the reader's pleasure in discovering that philosophizing can be as enjoyable as it is rewarding.
  plaris | Dec 24, 2010 |
An accessible introduction to modern philosophy, suitable for the student who isn't quite ready to attack primary sources. ( )
  fdmts | Jul 4, 2006 |
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Truth, Goodness, Beauty, Liberty, Equality, and Justice.
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Discusses complex philosophical problems in concrete language to better understand the eternal concepts that shaped Western culture.

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