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General Information

Name:  Mortimer Adler  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: December 28, 1902 in New York, New York

Died: June 28, 2001 in Palo Alto

-- Mortimer Adler on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Adler worked in Chicago from 1923 through 1952. He was the first "non-lawyer" to join the Chicago law school faculty, as a professor of the philosophy of law. He studied philosophy at Columbia University in Chicago, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Mortimer Adler was an American philosopher known for his book-length essays about reading, language, thought and knowledge. He was born in New York City and currently lives in Chicago. After studying and teaching in New York in the 1920's, he was a professor at the University of Chicago. During his life, he has been an editor, author and essayist. He was the Director for the Institute for Philosophical Research and the Chariman of the Board of Editors, Encyclopedia Britannica, both in Chicago.

Published Works

  • The Philosophy and Science of Man, 1940
  • How to Read A Book, 1940
  • The Capitalist Manifesto, 1958 with Louis B. Kelso
  • The Difference of Man and the Difference It Makes, Holt, 1967
  • Six Great Ideas, Macmillan, 1981
  • Ten Philosophical Mistakes, Macmillan, 1985
  • We Hold These Truths Understanding the Ideas and Ideals of the Constitution, Macmillan, 1987
  • Reforming Education The Opening of the American Mind, Macmillan, 1989
  • Desires, Right & Wrong The Ethics of Enough, Macmillan, 1991
  • The Four Dimentions of Philosophy Methaphysical, Moral, Objective Categorical, Macmillan, 1993
  • Art, The Arts and Great Ideas, Macmillan, 1994
  • Adler`s Philosophical Dictionary, Scribner, 1995
  • The Common Sense of Politics, Fordham University Press, 1996

Selected Titles At Your Library

How to read a book /
ISBN: 0671212095. OCLC Number:

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Investigates the art of reading by examining each aspect of reading, problems encountered, and tells how to combat them.

Six great ideas :
ISBN: 068482681X. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. 1997, ©1981.

Discusses complex philosophical problems in concrete language to better understand the eternal concepts that shaped Western culture.

Ten philosophical mistakes /
ISBN: 068481868X. OCLC Number:

Touchstone,. New York :. 1996.


  • Aquinas Medal from the American Catholic Philosophical Association