Saturday, October 25, 2008

Adler on intellect

I have been remiss in my blogging duties. But further posts, and in particular, posts in continuation of my series on dualism, are forthcoming shortly. In the meantime, you might enjoy this exchange (in two parts, here and here, courtesy of YouTube) between William F. Buckley, Jr. and Mortimer Adler on the occasion of the publication of Adler's book Intellect: Mind Over Matter. The Aristotelian-Thomistic position defended in that book is relevant to some of the posts to follow.

After that, you might want to search for further videos of Adler on YouTube, of which there seem to be plenty. I am well aware, of course, that many mainstream academic philosophers dismiss Adler, because he (largely) wrote for a popular audience and took unfashionable positions. But here, as in so many other cases, such people simply don't know what the hell they are talking about. (I include my younger self, who also dismissed Adler before, you know, actually reading him...)



    Max Weismann

  2. Ed, I'm going back to the beginning of your blog and reading for background.

    Mortimer Adler was a truly great and noble man. He and his friends, such as Hutchins, Van Doren, and others are modern intellectual heroes for a number of reasons. They produced an inspiring little magazine too, called Wisdom.

  3. We are a not-for-profit educational organization, founded by Mortimer Adler and we have recently made an exciting discovery--three years after writing the wonderfully expanded third edition of How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren made a series of thirteen 14-minute videos--lively discussing the art of reading. The videos were produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica. For reasons unknown, sometime after their original publication, these videos were lost.

    Three hours with Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren, lively discussing the art of reading, on one DVD. A must for libraries and classroom teaching the art of reading.

    I cannot exaggerate how instructive these programs are--we are so sure that you will agree, if you are not completely satisfied, we will refund your donation.

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    Thank you,

    Max Weismann