Education: The Idea of Freedom

Ever since Protagoras brandished the philosophical motto that "man is the measure of all things," thus declaring man's personal freedom an unlimited absolute, sages and philosophers have been fascinated with the idea of freedom. Today, after some 2,500 years, the idea remains just as vital and just as fascinating.

It is not surprising that Mortimer J. Adler, who has repeatedly plunged himself into the thorniest problems of education, should tackle this ancient theme. Already as a Columbia undergraduate, Adler nagged philosophy professors by exposing certain of their contradictions, snubbed revered Educator John Dewey by spoofing pragmatism as bits of useful information at...

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