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Mortimer Adler on the Constitution

Posted by madcap on February 16, 2008

Adler addresses how we no longer teach what it means to be a citizen. I recently posted an article titled, “The Death of Liberal Education”where I pose the same argument. Books such as Democracy In America, by Alexis De Tocqueville, and documents such as the Federalist Papers are no longer read and discussed. We are slipping deeper into vulgarity each day. People are no longer taught how to think; therefore they fall prey to ideas by a process of intellectual drift rather than critical thinking.

2 Responses to “Mortimer Adler on the Constitution”

  1. kdzugan said

    Mortimer Adler wrote extensively about his concern on how we educated people to take on their role as citizens. He also wrote frequently about democracy and government. See his books,

    The Paidea Proposal: An Educational Manifesto

    We Hold These Truths: Understanding the Ideas and Ideals of the Constitution

    The American Testament (co-author William Gorman)

    Dr. Adler was a brilliant and prolific author, educator, philosopher, and lecturer. He wrote more than 50 books and 200 articles, all of which can be read with pleasure and profit.

    For more information on Mortimer Adler and his work, visit The Center for the Study of The Great Ideas

    Ken Dzugan
    Senior Fellow and Archivist
    The Center for the Study of The Great Ideas

  2. madcap said

    Thank you so much for the link. I love the Great Books. I have a set from the 50’s that I bought for $25.00! Best money I ever spent.

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