Mortimer Adler

Humanities as a Way of Knowing

By |2018-07-24T20:51:48-05:00February 12th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Great Books, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Mortimer Adler, Timeless Essays|

The philosophical roots of the liberal arts can free students from a life of slavery spent spelunking in the cave of ignorance, trivialities, and the merely menial… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Robert M. Woods as he examines the purpose and benefits of studying the [...]

Mortimer Adler, A Socratic Gadfly

By |2018-12-21T14:43:10-05:00June 28th, 2015|Categories: Education, Liberal Learning, Mortimer Adler|Tags: |

Reforming Education: The Schooling of a People and Their Education Beyond Schooling, by Mortimer J. Adler. Mortimer Adler has been a Socratic gadfly in the corpus of the academic world for about fifty years. Perhaps best known for his editorship of the fifty-four volume Great Books of the Western World series for The Encyclopaedia [...]

A Case for the Quaint: The Great Ideas Program

By |2019-01-24T11:59:48-05:00August 25th, 2013|Categories: Great Books, Liberal Learning, Mortimer Adler, Robert M. Woods|

Robert Hutchins Studying and leading conversations on the Great Books for more than twenty years still produces that sense of awe and wonder, especially when I discover a new tool to aide in the exploration of wisdom.  Unfortunately, this excitement is often curtailed when I engage many of those within the academy. [...]

Why Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles Is a Great Book

By |2014-04-27T10:09:06-05:00February 3rd, 2013|Categories: Books, Great Books, Literature, Mortimer Adler, Ray Bradbury, Robert M. Woods|

On numerous occasions, Mortimer Adler wrote about the criteria that were used to determine which books of all the books written in the West would be placed within The Great Books of the Western World.  Contrary to confusion and many misstatements I've read over the years, Adler says it was essentially three criteria and they [...]

Why Mortimer Adler Would Have Been the Best Academic Dean Ever

By |2014-06-27T17:08:52-05:00April 11th, 2012|Categories: Liberal Learning, Mortimer Adler, Robert M. Woods|

Mortimer Adler If he were still alive on this earth, and if he were looking for an opening, any College or Classical Christian School looking for a first rate academic leader would be foolish not to at least interview Mortimer Adler. In the modern world, with the modern academy having been taken [...]

The Invitation to the Great Conversation

By |2014-01-15T14:47:22-05:00March 2nd, 2012|Categories: Books, Great Books, Liberal Learning, Mortimer Adler, Robert M. Hutchins, Robert M. Woods|

If I think about it, I am saddened that I received the invitation later in life. I wish I had received and accepted the invitation in High School, or college, or certainly graduate school. It was not all my fault, I was not told about the invitation until about twelve years ago. Since that [...]