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Name:  Mortimer Adler  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: December 28, 1902 in New York, New York


Illinois Connection

Adler worked in Chicago from 1923 through 1952. He was the first "non-lawyer" to join the Chicago law school faculty, as a professor of the philosophy of law. He studied philosophy at Columbia University in Chicago, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Mortimer Adler was an American philosopher known for his book-length essays about reading, language, thought and knowledge. He was born in New York City and currently lives in Chicago. After studying and teaching in New York in the 1920's, he was a professor at the University of Chicago. During his life, he has been an editor, author and essayist. He was the Director for the Institute for Philosophical Research and the Chariman of the Board of Editors, Encyclopedia Britannica, both in Chicago.

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-- *Aquinas Medal from the American Catholic Philosophical Association