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Last Name
ADLER
First Name
Mortimer
Life Span
1902 -
Publications
How to Read a Book (1940); The Common Sense of Politics (1971); Six Great Ideas (1981);
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Author of numerous books on philosophical topics, he became a Christian in 1986 at age 84. A long-time professor at the University of Chicago, he pushed for a "great books" and "great ideas" curriculum and wrote semi-popular works such as How to Read a Book (1940), The Common Sense of Politics (1971), and Six Great Ideas (1981). He wrote an autobiography in 1977, Philosopher at Large, and another 15 years later A Second Look in the Rearview Mirror: Further Autobiographical Reflections of a Philosopher at Large that explains his conversion to Christianity. "We have a logical, consistent faith," he says. "In fact, I believe Christianity is the only logical, consistent faith in the world." But that doesn't mean that Christianity is without mystery. Adler asks, "What's the point of revelation if we could figure it out ourselves? If it were wholly comprehensible then it would be just another philosophy."

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