How to Read a Book Book
Score: 4
From 42 Ratings

How to Read a Book


  • Author : Mortimer J. Adler
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-09-30
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476790152

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How to Read a Book Excerpt :

Analyzes the art of reading and suggests ways to approach literary works, offering techniques for reading in specific literary genres ranging from fiction, poetry, and plays to scientific and philosophical works.

How to Read a Book Book
Score: 4
From 74 Ratings

How to Read a Book


  • Author : Mortimer J. Adler
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2011-05-10
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 426
  • ISBN 10 : 1439144834

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How to Read a Book Excerpt :

With half a million copies in print, How to Read a Book is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader, completely rewritten and updated with new material. A CNN Book of the Week: “Explains not just why we should read books, but how we should read them. It's masterfully done.” –Farheed Zakaria Originally published in 1940, this book is a rare phenomenon, a living classic that introduces and elucidates the various levels of reading and how to achieve them—from elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading. Readers will learn when and how to “judge a book by its cover,” and also how to X-ray it, read critically, and extract the author’s message from the text. Also included is instruction in the different techniques that work best for reading particular genres, such as practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy and social science works. Finally, the authors offer a recommended reading list and supply reading tests you can use measure your own progress in reading skills, comprehension, and speed.

How to Speak How to Listen Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

How to Speak How to Listen


  • Author : Mortimer J. Adler
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 1997-04-01
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439104897

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How to Speak How to Listen Excerpt :

Practical information for learning how to speak and listen more effectively. With over half a million copies in print of his “living classic” How to Read a Book in print, intellectual, philosopher, and academic Mortimer J. Adler set out to write an accompanying volume on speaking and listening, offering the impressive depth of knowledge and accessible panache that distinguished his first book. In How to Speak How to Listen, Adler explains the fundamental principles of communicating through speech, with sections on such specialized presentations as the sales talk, the lecture, and question-and-answer sessions and advice on effective listening and learning by discussion.

Aristotle for Everybody Book
Score: 3.5
From 8 Ratings

Aristotle for Everybody


  • Author : Mortimer J. Adler
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 1997-06-01
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 1439104913

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Aristotle for Everybody Excerpt :

Adler instructs the world in the "uncommon common sense" of Aristotelian logic, presenting Aristotle's understandings in a current, delightfully lucid way. Aristotle (384 - 322 B.C.) taught logic to Alexander the Great and, by virtue of his philosophical works, to every philosopher since, from Marcus Aurelius, to Thomas Aquinas, to Mortimer J. Adler. Now Adler instructs the world in the "uncommon common sense" of Aristotelian logic, presenting Aristotle's understandings in a current, delightfully lucid way. He brings Aristotle's work to an everyday level. By encouraging readers to think philosophically, Adler offers us a unique path to personal insights and understanding of intangibles, such as the difference between wants and needs, the proper way to pursue happiness, and the right plan for a good life.

Ten Philosophical Mistakes Book
Score: 4.5
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Ten Philosophical Mistakes


  • Author : Mortimer J. Adler
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 1997-04-01
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439105061

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Ten Philosophical Mistakes Excerpt :

An illuminating critique of modern thought from America's "Philosopher for Everyman" (Time). Ten Philosophical Mistakes examines ten errors in modern thought and shows how they have led to serious consequences in our everyday lives. It teaches how they came about, how to avoid them, and how to counter their negative effects.

How to Think About God Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

How to Think About God


  • Author : Mortimer J. Adler
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 1991-07-16
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 196
  • ISBN 10 : 9780020160229

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How to Think About God Excerpt :

Dr. Adler extends and modernizes the argument for the existence of God developed by Aristotle and Aquinas without relying on faith, mysticism, or science. Instead, he uses a rationalist argument to lead the reader to a point where he or she can see that the existence of God is not necessarily dependent upon a suspension of disbelief. Lightning Print On Demand Title

How to Talk About Books You Haven t Read Book
Score: 3
From 21 Ratings

How to Talk About Books You Haven t Read


  • Author : Pierre Bayard
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2010-08-10
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781596917149

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How to Talk About Books You Haven t Read Excerpt :

In this delightfully witty, provocative book, literature professor and psychoanalyst Pierre Bayard argues that not having read a book need not be an impediment to having an interesting conversation about it. (In fact, he says, in certain situations reading the book is the worst thing you could do.) Using examples from such writers as Graham Greene, Oscar Wilde, Montaigne, and Umberto Eco, he describes the varieties of "non-reading"-from books that you've never heard of to books that you've read and forgotten-and offers advice on how to turn a sticky social situation into an occasion for creative brilliance. Practical, funny, and thought-provoking, How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read-which became a favorite of readers everywhere in the hardcover edition-is in the end a love letter to books, offering a whole new perspective on how we read and absorb them.

A History of Knowledge Book
Score: 4.5
From 5 Ratings

A History of Knowledge


  • Author : Charles Van Doren
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 1992-03-17
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 450
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345373168

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A History of Knowledge Excerpt :

A one-voume reference to the history of ideas that is a compendium of everything that humankind has thought, invented, created, considered, and perfected from the beginning of civilization into the twenty-first century. Massive in its scope, and yet totally accessible, A HISTORY OF KNOWLEDGE covers not only all the great theories and discoveries of the human race, but also explores the social conditions, political climates, and individual men and women of genius that brought ideas to fruition throughout history. "Crystal clear and concise...Explains how humankind got to know what it knows." Clifton Fadiman Selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club and the History Book Club

The Joy of Reading Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

The Joy of Reading


  • Author : Charles Van Van Doren
  • Publisher : Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2008-04-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 544
  • ISBN 10 : 9781402234378

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The Joy of Reading Excerpt :

"Charles Van Doren has laid a feast before all of us that is irresistible." -Mortimer J. Adler This engaging love letter to reading follows the great authors and classics that transformed the world: from Aristotle and Herodotus in ancient Greece to Salinger and Heinlein in 20th century America. Like a professor whose enthusiasm enwraps his students, Van Doren explains what's wonderful in the books you've missed and awakens your desire to reopen the books you already know. Divided chronologically by the periods in which these classics were written, each book is put in its historical context and brought to life by Van Doren's brilliant analysis. The Joy of Reading delves into a wide range of genres-fiction, poetry, drama, children's books, philosophy, history and science. This is the one book that brings together everything you need to know about the classics you missed and ignites your passion to read and reread the greatest books the world has ever known. This book is the fruit of a lifelong love affair. Reading, I believe, is my favorite thing to do; books and I have been inseparable almost as long as I can remember ... To this day, I become distressed if I am anywhere without a book, a magazine, a newspaper, any scrap of paper to read .... I like the smell of books, certainly the feel of them. Life without books would be, for me, a vacant horror." -Charles Van Doren "Nothing recommends the joy of reading better than the communication of it by a person who has spent a lifetime enriched by the delights of reading. Charles Van Doren is that kind of reader. He has laid a feast before us that is irresistible." -Mortimer J. Adler, author of How to Read a Book "Mr. Van Doren is that rarity, a truly well read man who reads not for professional purposes but for pleasure. His book spurs us on to explore more deeply and joyfully the infinitely varied terrain of good books." -Clifton Fadiman, author of The New Lifetime Reading Plan: The Classical Guide to World Literature

Some Questions about Language Book

Some Questions about Language


  • Author : Mortimer Jerome Adler
  • Publisher : Open Court Publishing
  • Release Date : 1991
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 0812691784

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Some Questions about Language Excerpt :

How do meaningless marks and sounds become the meaningful words of a natural language? To what do words having referential significance refer? What is the meaning of the words that do not have referential significance? Can ordinary language really do what it appears to do, or is this an illusion? Dr. Adler maintains that these fundamental questions are not satisfactorily treated in the two main philosophies of language that have dominated twentieth-century thinking on the subject - the syntactical and 'ordinary language' approaches. Drawing upon the tradition of Aristotle, Aquinas, Poinsot, and Husserl, Dr. Adler's own discussion exemplifies the third approach, which he describes as "semantic and lexical." In this now -classic work, the fruit of more than 50 years' concern with the philosophy of language, Dr. Adler advances a powerful theory of meaning and applies it to some outstanding philosophical problems. In unpretentious and uncluttered prose, he provides a limpid introduction to a number of knotty philosophical issues and at the same time issues a challenge to some of the most tenacious doctrines of the modern world.

The Great Mental Models  General Thinking Concepts Book

The Great Mental Models General Thinking Concepts


  • Author : Farnam Street
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-12-16
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 190
  • ISBN 10 : 1999449002

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The Great Mental Models General Thinking Concepts Excerpt :

The old saying goes, ''To the man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.'' But anyone who has done any kind of project knows a hammer often isn't enough. The more tools you have at your disposal, the more likely you'll use the right tool for the job - and get it done right. The same is true when it comes to your thinking. The quality of your outcomes depends on the mental models in your head. And most people are going through life with little more than a hammer. Until now. The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts is the first book in The Great Mental Models series designed to upgrade your thinking with the best, most useful and powerful tools so you always have the right one on hand. This volume details nine of the most versatile, all-purpose mental models you can use right away to improve your decision making, productivity, and how clearly you see the world. You will discover what forces govern the universe and how to focus your efforts so you can harness them to your advantage, rather than fight with them or worse yet- ignore them. Upgrade your mental toolbox and get the first volume today. AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY Farnam Street (FS) is one of the world's fastest growing websites, dedicated to helping our readers master the best of what other people have already figured out. We curate, examine and explore the timeless ideas and mental models that history's brightest minds have used to live lives of purpose. Our readers include students, teachers, CEOs, coaches, athletes, artists, leaders, followers, politicians and more. They're not defined by gender, age, income, or politics but rather by a shared passion for avoiding problems, making better decisions, and lifelong learning. AUTHOR HOME Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

How to Think About the Great Ideas Book

How to Think About the Great Ideas


  • Author : Mortimer Adler
  • Publisher : Open Court
  • Release Date : 2000-03-01
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 554
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812696936

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How to Think About the Great Ideas Excerpt :

Time magazine called Mortimer J. Adler a "philosopher for everyman." In this guide to considering the big questions, Adler addresses the topics all men and women ponder in the course of life, such as "What is love?", "How do we decide the right thing to do?", and, "What does it mean to be good?" Drawing on his extensive knowledge of Western literature, history, and philosophy, the author considers what is meant by democracy, law, emotion, language, truth, and other abstract concepts in light of more than two millennia of Western civilization and discourse. Adler's essays offer a remarkable and contemplative distillation of the Great Ideas of Western Thought.

Reading Communities from Salons to Cyberspace Book

Reading Communities from Salons to Cyberspace


  • Author : DeNel Rehberg Sedo
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2011-08-25
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 218
  • ISBN 10 : 9780230308848

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Reading Communities from Salons to Cyberspace Excerpt :

Reading is both a social process and a social formation, as this book illustrates across centuries and cultural contexts. Highlighting links evident in reading communities from literary salons to online environments, each essay reflects the rich repertoire of research methods available to reading scholars.

Lady Jane Grey Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Lady Jane Grey


  • Author : Eric Ives
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2011-09-19
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 392
  • ISBN 10 : 9781444354263

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Lady Jane Grey Excerpt :

Lady Jane Grey, is one of the most elusive and tragic characters in English history. In July 1553 the death of the childless Edward VI threw the Tudor dynasty into crisis. On Edward's instructions his cousin Jane Grey was proclaimed queen, only to be ousted 13 days later by his illegitimate half sister Mary and later beheaded. In this radical reassessment, Eric Ives rejects traditional portraits of Jane both as hapless victim of political intrigue or Protestant martyr. Instead he presents her as an accomplished young woman with a fierce personal integrity. The result is a compelling dissection by a master historian and storyteller of one of history’s most shocking injustices.

Truth in Religion Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Truth in Religion


  • Author : Mortimer J. Adler
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 1992-04
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 186
  • ISBN 10 : 9780020641407

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Truth in Religion Excerpt :

Continuing his exploration of the philosophical questions and doubts plaguing civilization today, Dr. Mortimer J. Adler explores where the truth lies in religion and the effects of diversity among religions. Truth in Religion is the product of Dr. Mortimer J. Adler’s search for a resolution to the age-old conflict between logic and faith. Aiming to discover where the truth lies among the plurality of the world’s organized religion, Dr. Adler explores the philosophy of religion and its true meanings among civilization as dictated by the principle of the unity of truth.