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How to Think About the Great Ideas: From the Great Books of Western Civilization Paperback – March 28, 2000
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The title perhaps presumes that people know how to think, and offers to guide them in applying that skill to the Great Ideas. Using that hook, even readers who don't think they can think will soon be thinking, and will be glad for it. Think, for instance, about Adler's statement "...adults are more educable than children, just as children are more trainable than adults." Hmmm... then why do we send children to school instead of adults? Adler gives the answer: so they can learn how to learn. I like books that help me think better, and this one does.
The focus for thinking in this book is the Great Ideas, a great idea that Dr. Adler (along with Robert M. Hutchins, who became President of the University of Chicago at age 29!) brought to life in the Great Books of the Western World (1952). Not all of the Great Ideas are discussed in this book - only 22 of the original 102 (Equality was added later) are addressed here, though some are discussed over several chapters.
That is certainly a step up from "Six Great Ideas" (1981), and it is complete enough, well spoken enough, and well edited enough that any reader will be very well rewarded. The book does not need to be read front to back, and in fact you might want to read the chapter on How to Read a Book before you read any of the rest.Read more ›
Rather than a collection of reprints, "How to Think about The Great Ideas" is an edited set of transcripts from a public-television series Adler broadcast in the early 1950s. These half-hour programs--all 52 of them--covered 22 of the 102 (now 103) Great Ideas that Adler published in his "Syntopicon" that accompanied Encyclopedia Britannica's "Great Books of the Western World." This new set of transcripts offers me a quick reference to those shows, which I own on videotape.
Ader is a superb teacher, and his new book--edited by Max Weismann, cofounder, along with Adler, of the Center for the Study of The Great Ideas--serves as an excellent introduction to The Great Ideas. The material is presented in a non-academic, conversational manner. The reader should bear in mind, however, that in the half-hour formats of the original shows, Adler was able to give only an introduction to the selected topics. I would greatly encourage the newcomer, after finishing this book, to consult Adler's later works where the author goes into much more detail. The ensuing years have also allowed Adler to refine some of his arguments.
I commend the editor for including an index. Adler's other works sometimes lacked an index, thereby diminishing their usefulness.Read more ›
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the author answering the questions beats around the bush and give ambiguous 'answers'. he elaborates far too much and speaks in a tone as if he knows everything and he is an... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Catherine Moore
This is an excellent resource for any and all that are curious about our Western Thought ancestors. A true gift.Published 4 months ago by Roberto E. Castaneda
the title should be "how Aristotle and Plato would think about the great ideas." Mr. Adler is incapable of seeing any issue as more complex than the earliest Philosophers... Read morePublished 12 months ago by levi
Must read more than once to get full impact of the ideas. Great introduction to understanding the value of philosophy.Published 13 months ago by Phil Adams