Summary of How to Speak How to Listen
First Edition: 1983
From HOW TO SPEAK HOW TO LISTEN by Mortimer J. Adler. Copyright © 1997 by Mortimer J. Adler. Reprinted by permission of Touchstone, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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In 1940, intellectual, philosopher and academic Mortimer J. Adler wrote How to Read a Book, described by Amazon as a “living classic.” Forty years later, he wrote this accompanying volume on speaking and listening, offering the impressive depth of knowledge, intellectual rigor and scholarly panache that distinguished his first book. Adler is well known for popularizing the Western intellectual tradition and making it accessible. A noted public educator, he chaired the board of editors at Encyclopedia Britannica and helped create the Great Books of the Western World program. getAbstract recommends Adler’s personal communications guidebook as thoughtful fare full of worthwhile lessons on how to speak and listen in sharper, more useful ways.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why speaking and listening are vital language skills;
- What roles “ethos, pathos and logos” play in persuasive communication;
- Why the Western intellectual tradition honors conversation; and
- How to become a solid public speaker and an effective listener.
About the Author
Mortimer Jerome Adler (1902-2001) was an American philosopher and educator. The author of How to Read a Book, he contributed often to Catholic philosophical and educational journals.
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