Education: Mortimer Adler: A Philosopher for Everyman

Mortimer Adler Tirelessly Expounds the Ancient Truths

In assessing the perpetual thinking machine that goes by the name of Mortimer Adler, Harvard Sociologist David Riesman says, "There is something marvelously relentless about him." Both the marvel and the relentlessness shine through in Adler's newly published Ten Philosophical Mistakes (Macmillan; $12.95), which takes to task a Who's Who of the major philosophers since Thomas Aquinas. In the process, the book tells the rest of the world not only what to think but also why it should follow the latest gospel according to Mortimer.

A man of sweeping intellectual interests and no visible pedagogic doubts, Adler spun out Ten Philosophical...

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