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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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why do we do it?

According to the philosopher Mortimer J. Adler, there are two reasons to read a book: amusement learning According to the economist Ludwig von Mises, there are two kinds of writer: creative artists businessmen Are these dichotomies telling me anything? For … Continue reading

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The Difference of Man and the Difference It Makes by Mortimer J. Adler

The Difference of Man and the Difference It Makes by Mortimer J. Adler My rating: 4 of 5 stars This philosophical analysis of the problem of “human nature” casts a strong and rare light on one of the most important … Continue reading

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we’re doomed—and here’s why

Today we have a society in which all men are destined to be free—just as free as the Greek citizens and the Roman patricians, with more free time, more comfort, more power, more convenience, with as much political power. What … Continue reading

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The Great Ideas: A Syntopicon of Great Books of the Western World by Mortimer J. Adler

The Great Ideas A Syntopicon of Great Books of the Western World: I (Great Books of the Western World, #2) by Mortimer J. Adler My rating: 5 of 5 stars The 2-volume “Syntopicon” of Britannica’s Great Books of the Western … Continue reading

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How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren

How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s not how much you read, but how well–and this book gives you specific, step-by-step techniques to get you to read as well as possible. … Continue reading

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