The Press: Thought, Syndicated

Surrounded by comics, crossword puzzles, cheesecake, dog stories and other newspaper fare, the new column in the Chicago Sun-Times looked as out of place as Plato on a comic-book rack. Even the questions from readers were formidable: What is truth? What is justice? What is love? The columnist's name and title were enough to send Smilin' Jack fans into a tailspin: Dr. Mortimer J. Adler, director of the Institute of Philosophical Research. Yet the column has pulled 150 letters a week since it began appearing last October. This month the Sun-Times will syndicate...

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