Tag Archives: Mortimer J. Adler

how astrology works, part 3: don’t do your own thing

In my last post I said that it was my study of the art of storytelling that eventually brought me to an understanding of why astrology works. Science might be able to show that astrology works—this is what Carl Jung attempted … Continue reading

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The Capitalist Manifesto by Louis O. Kelso and Mortimer J. Adler: turning the 1% into the 100%

The Capitalist Manifesto by Louis O. Kelso My rating: 5 of 5 stars This mature, rational examination of what kind of economy a modern democracy needs to have is even more relevant today than it was in 1958. I bought … Continue reading

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The Paideia Proposal by Mortimer J. Adler: learning to be citizens

The Paideia Proposal: An Educational Manifesto by Mortimer J. Adler My rating: 5 of 5 stars This short manifesto gives a cogent overview of what public schooling should be setting out to achieve, the rationale for doing so, and how … Continue reading

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what have we got to hide? I’ll tell you

While I can’t say that I’m surprised at the recent revelation of the handing over of millions of telephone-call records to the U.S. government by Verizon (and no doubt other operators), for some reason it has stirred fresh anger in … Continue reading

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The Angels and Us by Mortimer J. Adler

The Angels and Us by Mortimer J. Adler My rating: 4 of 5 stars This short philosophical text examines the idea of angels from different points of view, and shows why angels matter—whether we believe in them or not. In … Continue reading

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Ten Philosophical Mistakes by Mortimer J. Adler

Ten Philosophical Mistakes by Mortimer J. Adler My rating: 4 of 5 stars This short, authoritative text surveys some of the major gaps and problems in modern thought. I bought a used copy of this book in 2010, as part … Continue reading

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Intellect: Mind over Matter by Mortimer J. Adler

Intellect: Mind over Matter by Mortimer Jerome Adler My rating: 4 of 5 stars This small volume (205 pages, including index) presents a forceful case for the existence of a distinct human nature that makes us fundamentally different from any … Continue reading

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why this office is a poppy-free zone

The democratic state has seldom been tempted to undertake the burdens of empire without suffering from a discordance between its domestic and its foreign policy. Again and again, Thucydides describes the efforts of the Athenians to reconcile their imperialism abroad … Continue reading

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The Idea of Justice by Otto A. Bird

The Idea of Justice by Otto A. Bird My rating: 5 of 5 stars This short monograph sets out to clarify—not to resolve—the ancient idea of justice and thereby enable the reader to recognize and compare different arguments on and … Continue reading

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truth and fiction

The man crossed the street. Question: is the above sentence fiction or nonfiction? There’s no way of knowing, is there. Which man? Which street? When? We’d need to know these things before hazarding an answer. Bob Carlson crossed 5th Avenue … Continue reading

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