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Mortimer Adler

Дата рождения: 28. Декабрь 1902
Дата смерти: 28. Июнь 2001

Мо́ртимер А́длер — американский философ, педагог и популяризатор.

Родился в семье евреев-эмигрантов. В 15 лет поступил на работу секретарем редактора «Нью-Йорк таймс». Спустя два года, прочитав несколько диалогов Платона, решил стать философом. Учился в Колумбийском университете. В 1928 получил степень доктора наук, защитив диссертацию о музыкальном восприятии. Читал лекции в Сити-колледже и Колумбийском университете, в 1930 году получил приглашение работать в Чикагском университете, стал профессором университета в 1942 году.

В Чикагском университете вместе с Р. М. Хатчинсом занимался реорганизацией учебных планов, имевших целью расширить кругозор студентов в области гуманитарных наук. В 1946 году выдвинул идею серии «Великие книги западной цивилизации» . В 1930-х годах выпустил несколько книг по философии и психологии, в том числе известную «Как читать книги: искусство свободного образования» ; повторно в прежнем виде, но с новым предисловием, она была издана в 1966 году, после чего последовало переработанное издание 1972 года. Автор известного двухтомного указателя Синтопикон , включившего 102 «великих идеи».

В 1952 году, оставив Чикагский университет, Адлер основал в Сан-Франциско Институт философских исследований. Перевел свой институт в Чикаго в 1963 году. В 1974 году стал председателем редакционного совета «Энциклопедии Британника» и произвел, совместно с Хатчинсом, полную ревизию содержания энциклопедии начиная с 15 издания . Оставался во главе «Британники» вплоть до 1995 года. В 1988—1991 годах был профессором университета Северной Каролины в Чапел-хилле. В 1990 году совместно с Максом Вайсманном основал Центр изучения великих идей в Чикаго.

Перу Адлера принадлежит несколько десятков книг, он был редактором нескольких книжных серий и университетских образовательных проектов.

Умер Адлер в Сан-Матео 28 июня 2001 года.


„В телефонной книге полно фактов, но нет ни одной мысли.“

„Теоретическую книгу читают и ставят на полку; а практическую — не только читают, но и следуют ей в жизни.“


„In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.“

„True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.“ How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

„Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.“

„Reading list (1972 edition)[edit]
1. Homer – Iliad, Odyssey
2. The Old Testament
3. Aeschylus – Tragedies
4. Sophocles – Tragedies
5. Herodotus – Histories
6. Euripides – Tragedies
7. Thucydides – History of the Peloponnesian War
8. Hippocrates – Medical Writings
9. Aristophanes – Comedies
10. Plato – Dialogues
11. Aristotle – Works
12. Epicurus – Letter to Herodotus; Letter to Menoecus
13. Euclid – Elements
14. Archimedes – Works
15. Apollonius of Perga – Conic Sections
16. Cicero – Works
17. Lucretius – On the Nature of Things
18. Virgil – Works
19. Horace – Works
20. Livy – History of Rome
21. Ovid – Works
22. Plutarch – Parallel Lives; Moralia
23. Tacitus – Histories; Annals; Agricola Germania
24. Nicomachus of Gerasa – Introduction to Arithmetic
25. Epictetus – Discourses; Encheiridion
26. Ptolemy – Almagest
27. Lucian – Works
28. Marcus Aurelius – Meditations
29. Galen – On the Natural Faculties
30. The New Testament
31. Plotinus – The Enneads
32. St. Augustine – On the Teacher; Confessions; City of God; On Christian Doctrine
33. The Song of Roland
34. The Nibelungenlied
35. The Saga of Burnt Njál
36. St. Thomas Aquinas – Summa Theologica
37. Dante Alighieri – The Divine Comedy; The New Life; On Monarchy
38. Geoffrey Chaucer – Troilus and Criseyde; The Canterbury Tales
39. Leonardo da Vinci – Notebooks
40. Niccolò Machiavelli – The Prince; Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy
41. Desiderius Erasmus – The Praise of Folly
42. Nicolaus Copernicus – On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
43. Thomas More – Utopia
44. Martin Luther – Table Talk; Three Treatises
45. François Rabelais – Gargantua and Pantagruel
46. John Calvin – Institutes of the Christian Religion
47. Michel de Montaigne – Essays
48. William Gilbert – On the Loadstone and Magnetic Bodies
49. Miguel de Cervantes – Don Quixote
50. Edmund Spenser – Prothalamion; The Faerie Queene
51. Francis Bacon – Essays; Advancement of Learning; Novum Organum, New Atlantis
52. William Shakespeare – Poetry and Plays
53. Galileo Galilei – Starry Messenger; Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences
54. Johannes Kepler – Epitome of Copernican Astronomy; Concerning the Harmonies of the World
55. William Harvey – On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals; On the Circulation of the Blood; On the Generation of Animals
56. Thomas Hobbes – Leviathan
57. René Descartes – Rules for the Direction of the Mind; Discourse on the Method; Geometry; Meditations on First Philosophy
58. John Milton – Works
59. Molière – Comedies
60. Blaise Pascal – The Provincial Letters; Pensees; Scientific Treatises
61. Christiaan Huygens – Treatise on Light
62. Benedict de Spinoza – Ethics
63. John Locke – Letter Concerning Toleration; Of Civil Government; Essay Concerning Human Understanding; Thoughts Concerning Education
64. Jean Baptiste Racine – Tragedies
65. Isaac Newton – Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy; Optics
66. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz – Discourse on Metaphysics; New Essays Concerning Human Understanding; Monadology
67. Daniel Defoe – Robinson Crusoe
68. Jonathan Swift – A Tale of a Tub; Journal to Stella; Gulliver's Travels; A Modest Proposal
69. William Congreve – The Way of the World
70. George Berkeley – Principles of Human Knowledge
71. Alexander Pope – Essay on Criticism; Rape of the Lock; Essay on Man
72. Charles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu – Persian Letters; Spirit of Laws
73. Voltaire – Letters on the English; Candide; Philosophical Dictionary
74. Henry Fielding – Joseph Andrews; Tom Jones
75. Samuel Johnson – The Vanity of Human Wishes; Dictionary; Rasselas; The Lives of the Poets“
How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

„.... a good book can teach you about the world and about yourself. You learn more than how to read better; you also learn more about life. You become wiser. Not just more knowledgeable - books that provide nothing but information can produce that result. But wiser, in the sense that you are more deeply aware of the great and enduring truths of human life.“ How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

„The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.“ How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading


„Television, radio, and all the sources of amusement and information that surround us in our daily lives are also artificial props. They can give us the impression that our minds are active, because we are required to react to stimuli from the outside. But the power of those external stimuli to keep us going is limited. They are like drugs. We grow used to them, and we continuously need more and more of them. Eventually, they have little or no effect. Then, if we lack resources within ourselves, we cease to grow intellectually, morally, and spiritually. And we we cease to grow, we begin to die.“ How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

„The great authors were great readers, and one way to understand them is to read the books they read.“ How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

„To agree without understanding is inane. To disagree without understanding is impudent.“ How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

„Wonder is the beginning of wisdom in learning from books as well as from nature.“ How to Read a Book: The Classic Bestselling Guide to Reading Books and Accessing Information


„The ability to retain a child's view of the world with at the same time a mature understanding of what it means to retain it, is extremely rare - and a person who has these qualities is likely to be able to contribute something really important to our thinking.“ How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

„Is it too much to expect from the schools that they train their students not only to interpret but to criticize; that is, to discriminate what is sound from error and falsehood, to suspend judgement if they are not convinced, or to judge with reason if they agree or disagree?“ How to Read a Book: The Classic Bestselling Guide to Reading Books and Accessing Information

„The complexities of adult life get in the way of the truth.“ How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

„A lecture has been well described as the process whereby the notes of the teacher become the notes of the student without passing through the mind of either.“ How to Read a Book: The Classic Bestselling Guide to Reading Books and Accessing Information

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