Intellect Mind Over Matter

Mortimer Jerome Adler, Author
Mortimer Jerome Adler, Author Scribner Book Company $16.95 (224p) ISBN 978-0-02-500350-7
Reviewed on: 03/01/1990
Release date: 03/01/1990
In this provocative essay Adler ( A Guidebook to Learning , etc.), chairman of the editorial board of the Encyclopedia Britannica , among other distinguished positions, considers intellect as the quality separating humans from animals, who possess cognitive perception. Arguing a case for mind over matter, he cites intellect as the agent responsible for uniquely creative activity. Discussing ``Virtue and Vice'' he warns against neglecting and/or misusing the intellect and urges the attainment of intellectual virtues such as prudence and strength of character as prerequisites to acquiring ``good intellectual habits.'' The liberal arts, he stresses, ``should be in everyone's habitual possession''; according to Adler, it is not possible today for anyone to be a specialist in all fields. (Apr.)
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