The Great Ideas: A Retrospective, Vol. 1

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Mortimer J. Adler

Narrated By: Mortimer J. Adler

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: December 2010

Duration: 12 hours 29 minutes


First aired on KGO-TV in San Francisco from 1953-54, this original series offers a synoptical approach to the Great Books. It cannot be too oft repeated that philosophy is everybody's business. This compendium includes Adler's philosophic renditions of art, democracy, emotions, freedom, justice, progress, forms of government, liberal education, and more.

"To be a human being is to be endowed with the proclivity to philosophize. Acknowledging this is not enough. It is also necessary to understand why this is so and what philosophy's business is. The answer, in two words, is Great Ideas-the ideas basic and indispensable to understanding ourselves, our society, and the world in which we live."-Mortimer Alder

"[T]here's no question that the ideas [Adler] presents in these chapters are important. After all, they set the terms of a series of cultural and intellectual debates we're still having today-about art, curriculum and freedom."-Publishers Weekly