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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (June 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684838230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684838236
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''This is a self-help book in the best sense of the term . . . The Aristotelian wisdom Adler affords us goes far beyond anything all the Norman Vincent Peales, Michael Kordas, and Wayne W. Dyers combined have to offer. Above all, Adler once again demonstrates that philosophy, real philosophy, can actually be useful.'' --Chicago Tribune Book World

''Davidson has a wonderful voice. Far from common, it's a genuinely erudite English actor's voice. His sound is classy and classical.'' --AudioFile --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dr. Mortimer J. Adler was Chairman of the Board of the Encyclopedia Britannica, Director of the Institute for Philosophical Research, Honorary Trustee of the Aspen Institute, and authored more than fifty books. He died in 2001.

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Mortimer Jerome Adler (December 28, 1902 - June 28, 2001) was an American philosopher, educator, and popular author. As a philosopher he worked within the Aristotelian and Thomistic traditions. He lived for the longest stretches in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and San Mateo. He worked for Columbia University, the University of Chicago, Encyclopædia Britannica, and Adler's own Institute for Philosophical Research. Adler was married twice and had four children.

Customer Reviews

Mortimer Adler's style is clear and concise.
P. Gray
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand what Aristotle is all about, but doesn't have the time to study all of his works.
"ospawno"
For those who have tried to read Aristotle's books, you know that they can be extremely opaque and almost impossible to follow.
Michael Strassberg

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Peter Dykhuis VINE VOICE on July 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is an absolutely great book. This is the type of book that justifies all of the fluff in the publishing world. This book is written in a way that anyone can not only understand but also enjoy.
This book is 190 pages (Bantam 1978). There are no dull chapters or useless ramblings. All of the chapters and portions build upon each other and grant a continuing greater understanding of Aristotle and philosophy as a whole.
The book can be read in its entirety, as I have done many times, or in pieces and morsels, as I have also done many times for papers and brainstorming.
A very worthwhile read and definite necessity for any balanced library.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By "ospawno" on October 24, 2001
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I am a firm believer that reading interpretations of philosophical writings is never a substitute for the actual writings. I read this book and gave it to my wife who did not have the benefit of studying Aristotle in a scholastic environment. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand what Aristotle is all about, but doesn't have the time to study all of his works.
In addition, the author has many reference notes that the reader can use to find the original writings to which the book refers. In many ways, the book acts like a good philosophy teacher. Much can be learned by reading the book, and the corresponding works of Aristotle as referenced in the notes.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Smith on August 13, 2001
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Please disregard the previous remork by "a reader" in San Jose. This books is NOT a "Christian spin" on Aristotle. Adler wrote this book a decade before his conversion to Christianity.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ray on July 16, 2000
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This book makes Aristotle's teachings simple to comprehend and allows the reader to truly understand what the Greek thinker really thought. It was interesting to read Aristotle's ideas on how one should live life and that life should not be difficult if you live by his beliefs. I recommend this book to you.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TW VINE VOICE on April 26, 2010
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Aristotle for Everybody covers the main elements of Aristotle's philosophy condensed into a straightforward overview. Adler covers all the basics expanding the attitude and thought process of Aristotle into extremely simplified explanations.

Adler's work, despite seemingly noble intentions, accomplishes simplicity at the expense of substance. Adler spoke early of naming this book "Aristotle for Children" instead of its current title and he indubitably would have been better served had he stuck with his first instinct. This book may be of value to early students and teens looking for an introduction to Aristotle, yet even then one might still be better served merely checking Wikipedia, which offers a similar level of stimulation.

Adler is capable and adequately grasps the material, yet for any philosophy enthusiast this book will prove to be far too restrained, essentially only skimming the surface of Aristotle's weighty philosophy.. If you desire to dive into Aristotle but are not yet committed to his full works, I suggest examining some of the cliff notes available that provide better and more pensive discussion on his thoughts yet still maintain a sense of brevity.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Joseph H Pierre on May 28, 2000
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"No idea in this book is less than 2,400 years old." So says the back cover.

Aristotle was a Greek philosopher, and one of the greatest thinkers and scientific investigators and organizers the world has ever seen. He was born in 384 B.C., and died 62 years later. His father, Nicomachus, was the court physician and a friend of the king. He studied under Plato for twenty years, until the latter's death. Although he criticized Plato's doctrines in later years, he always spoke of his master with greatest reverence.

Many of his popular writings were written in dialogue form, and were modeled in both subject matter and style, after Plato's. The writings which are traditionally attributed to him seem to have come primarily from the works prepared and arranged by Andronicus of Rhodes in about the first century.<P.
He wrote The Treatises on Logic; The Rhetoric and the Poetics; The Work on the first Philosophy (also called The Metaphysics); The Works on Natural Science; and The Ethics and Politics.

Mortimer Adler, the author of this book, says that his sons, Douglas and Philip, 13 and 12 respectively, read his manuscript enthusiastically, and so you may assume that the book is easy to assimilate. Which it is.

Why philosophy? Adler says, I think correctly, that philosophy is everyone's business, to help us understand things we already know better than we now understand them.

And, it is humbling to know, when you finally think you understand something, to find that someone--Aristotle, for example--understood it more than three hundred years before the birth of Christ, and without the benefit of television documentaries.

This book should probably be in your library.

Joseph Pierre,
Author of THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS: Our Journey Through Eternity
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 1997
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For anyone having difficulty reading the greatest philosopher
in Western history-"The master of all who know"-or for the expert who wants a review of Aristotle,
this book is a must. Adler is a great philosopher in his own right, and here he presents
his knowledge in full, representing Aristotle's thought as well as Aristotle himself could
explain it. A must read for all philosophers, beginners and scholars.
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