The Mortimer J. Adler Archive


December 28, 1902 - June 28, 2001

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"The only standard we have for judging all of our social, economic, and political institutions and arrangements as just or unjust, as good or bad, as better or worse, derives from our conception of the good life for man on earth, and from our conviction that, given certain external conditions, it is possible for men to make good lives for themselves by their own efforts." Mortimer J. Adler

A Short Biography of Dr. AdlerA Bibliography of Work by Dr. Adler

Photo GalleryAdler AnecdotesThe Paideia Program

Audio and Video Cassettes & Discs

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Dr. Adler's Briefing Room
Brief remarks by Dr. Adler on various topics and responses to questions that he has been asked.
Also includes Dr. Adler's insights into the nature of things.

Great Ideas from The Great Books
Dr. Adler answers submitted questions with help from The
Great Books of the Western World.

Books by Dr. Adler
Books by Dr. Adler that you can order through The Radical Academy Bookstore.

Book Review by Max Weismann
A review of Adler's Philosophical Dictionary: 125 Key Terms for the Philosopher's Lexicon.

Essays and Discussions by Dr. Adler Currently on this Website

Philosophy in General

Ideas of Relevance to Law

Moral Philosophy and Ethics

Memorial Service & Remembrances

Many of Dr. Adler's out-of-print books are still available. Use the search engine below and the keywords "Mortimer Adler" to access these resources.



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Special Feature

Dear Doctor: The delightful story of how Mortimer Adler got his Ph.D. -- In his own words

Metaphysics and Epistemology

Political Philosophy

Equality and Inequality

Philosophy of Religion


On The Great Books

On Reading

Practical Advice

Capsule Comment


Dr. Mortimer J. Adler on


One of Dr. Adler's Classic Works

How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading, by Mortimer J. Adler

Scroll down for information about the related DVD on How to Read a Book.

Adler on Salesmanship

The Ideas of Work and Leisure

  • Part 1 - - (Introduction; The Six Parts of Life)
  • Part 2 - - (Categorizing Human Activities; Sleep or Sleeping; Work or Working that is Toil or Labor; Work or Working that is Leisuring Rather than Toiling; Playing or Amusing One's Self)
  • Part 3 - - (Is a Particular Activity Sleep, Toil, Leisure, Play, or Some Mixture of These?)
  • Part 4 - - (The Spectrum of Work, Compensated and Uncompensated; Idling and Rest)
  • Part 5 - - (The Options Open to Us for the Use of Our Free Time)
  • Never Say "Retire"
  • What Should One Do About Learning a Living?


A Treasure Found, Restored, and Now Available!

Three years after writing the wonderfully expanded third edition of How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren did a series of thirteen 14-minute videos about the very essence of the book. The videos were produced and published by Encyclopaedia Britannica. For unknown reasons sometime after their original publication, these videos have been lost all these years. The DVD includes all thirteen 14-minute programs for a total of three hours of video. Each section includes Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren in a lively, candid discussion of the art of reading and why it is so important and demonstrating its use in their own reading. CLICK HERE for more information about this DVD or to make it part of your personal video library.

Dr. Adler's essays, discussions, and other items are copyrighted material. They are reproduced here by permission of Mortimer J. Adler, Max Weismann, and the Center for the Study of The Great Ideas. The Center for the Study of The Great Ideas is a non-profit educational organization based in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Mortimer J. Adler and Max Weismann, Founders. The Radical Academy is a project of The Center for Applied Philosophy and its office is located in Port Orford, Oregon. Dr. Jonathan Dolhenty, President.

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