Education: Toward a Summa

Philosopher Mortimer Adler consistently admitted that the idea was "a sort of megalomania with me": he had long wanted to set up a staff of scholars whose one job would be to discuss and analyze the main issues in the thinking of Western Man. Last week, as he resigned his post as professor of philosophy of law at the University of Chicago, Adler, 49, announced that he was going to San Francisco to head a new Institute for Philosophical Research—the first of its kind in the world.

With $655,000 from the Ford and Old Dominion Foundations, Adler will be assisted by 14...

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