Mortimer J. Adler Quotes: To Be Informed Is To Know Simply That

To Be Informed Is To Know Simply That Something Is The Case. To Be Enlightened Is To Know, In Addition, What It Is All About: Why It Is The Case, What Its Connections Are With Other Facts, In What Respects It Is The Same, In What Respects It Is Different, And So Forth.
This Distinction Is Familiar In Terms Of The Differences Between Being Able To Remember Something And Being Able To Explain It. If You Remember What An Author Says, You Have Learned Something From Reading Him. If What He Says Is True, You Have Even Learned Something About The World. But Whether It Is A Fact About The Book Or A Fact About The World That You Have Learned, You Have Gained Nothing But Information If You Have Exercised Only Your Memory. You Have Not Been Enlightened. Enlightenment Is Achieved Only When, In Addition To Knowing What An Author Says, You Know What He Means And Why He Says It.
— Mortimer J. Adler —

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