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Mortimer J. Adler was an Aristotelian philosopher and American writer. He promoted the idea that philosophy should be integrated with science, literature, and religion. In 2000, Adler was converted to Roman Catholicism and was baptized. The philosopher is the creator of the concept of Great Conversation. Adler directed his reading after learning that Mill had read Plato when he was only five years old, whereas he himself had not read anything about the Greek philosopher until then. A neighbor lent him a book by Plato and Adler was seduced by philosophy for good. He then decided to study philosophy at Columbia, where he received a scholarship. By not having learned to swim and not being willing to participate in other athletic activities, Adler did not meet the minimum requirements to complete graduation. That did not stop him from completing the required course subjects, and Columbia awarded B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) to Adler in 1984 in recognition of the work.
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