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Questions about the works of Mortimer Adler (1902-2001) or his life as a writer.

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Which edition of How to Read a Book by Adler and Van Doren is the best?

I have found three editions of How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading. One was published on 9/30/14; a second one was from 1972; a third was from the 1940s. Is one of these ...
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How can I determine if a book should be read superficially?

Mortimer Adler's book How to Read a Book (I have the revised 1972 edition) states: In tackling a difficult book for the first time, read it through without ever stopping to look up or ponder the ...
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Mortimer Adler, "How to Read a Book": Two questions about the objectivity and subjectivity of reality

In Chapter 10, "Criticizing a Book Fairly", Adler wrote: The third [general maxim of intellectual etiquette] is closely related to the second. It states another condition prior to the ...
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