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Mortimer J. Adler
Adler seated at a table in front of an open book
Adler while presiding over the Center for the Study of The Great Ideas
Born
Mortimer Jerome Adler

(1902-12-28)December 28, 1902
New York City, U.S.
Died June 28, 2001(2001-06-28) (aged 98)
Education Columbia University
Notable work
Aristotle for Everybody, How to Read a Book, A Syntopicon
Spouse(s)
  • Helen Leavenworth Boynton
    (m. 1927; div. 1960)
  • Caroline Sage Pring
    (m. 1963; died 1998)
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School
  • Aristotelianism
  • Thomism
Main interests
Philosophical theology, metaphysics, ethics

Mortimer Jerome Adler (December 28, 1902 – June 28, 2001) was an American philosopher, educator, encyclopedist, and popular author. As a philosopher he worked within the Aristotelian and Thomistic traditions. He lived for long stretches in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and San Mateo, California. He taught at Columbia University and the University of Chicago, served as chairman of the Encyclopædia Britannica Board of Editors, and founded his own Institute for Philosophical Research.

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