Enter Mortimer J. Adler’s How To Read A Book. Written in 1940 and revised in 1972 with co-author Charles Van Doren, this work continues to stand alone, even in a field of more contemporary analogues.
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Knowing how to read a book is a foundational skill. And “How to Read a Book” is a good help in that direction. Adler says you should read the full book before reading summaries while I recommend you do the opposite in my guide on how to absorb knowledge.
ADLER: You read the book to the effect that Aristotle is for everybody, as the Great Books are for everybody. But I agree with you. Though I think one should do a certain amount of work alone, I also think it is a great help to have someone else read the same book you are reading and have someone to talk to about it, whether it be your elders, your colleagues, or a teacher in discussion.
How to Read a Book is a 1940 book by the philosopher Mortimer J. Adler.He co-authored a heavily revised edition in 1972 with the editor Charles Van Doren, which gives guidelines for critically reading good and great books of any tradition.The 1972 revision, in addition to the first edition, treats genres (poetry, history, science, fiction, et cetera), inspectional and syntopical reading.
If you'd like to read a specific Mortimer Adler book which we're missing on Read Print, do let us know. Quotes by Mortimer Adler You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think.