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A Brief on the Perennial Philosophy

BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, Ph.D. Our understanding of common sense can be approached in two ways. First, there is the wide, popular meaning of common sense....

Philosophy of Education

By Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. This essay is an excerpt from a much larger work I wrote in 1978 about the linguistic muddle which permeated educational...

Life In Plants and Animals

The Philosophy of Man A brief introduction to rational psychology Adapted from various sources and edited by Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. Part Two: Life in Plants and Animals Life as...

Classical Liberalism, Libertarianism, and Individualism

BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. I have often been asked to present a brief introduction to Classical Liberalism and how it fits into the philosophical tradition...

Cicero: Duty and Honor, Neglect and Shame

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Cicero Indeed, no part of life, whether in public or in private affairs, abroad or at home, in your personal...

Cicero on Civic Duty

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Cicero These reasons, so certain and so evident, are opposed by those, who, on the other side object,—the labours that...

Judgments and Propositions, by Jonanthan Dolhenty, Ph.D.

INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC: Part 4 Judgments and Propositions by Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. Ideas are the raw materials of knowledge but ideas are not in themselves true or...

How to Recognize an Argument, by Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D.

INTRODUCTION TO LOGIG: Part 3 How to Recognize an Argument by Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D.  We all get into arguments. Sometimes these arguments can be heated and our...

The Vicissitudes of Philosophy in Modern Times

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. In each of the two historical epochs that we have so far surveyed -- antiquity and the Middle Ages -- we...

Jonathan Dolhenty: Logic and Critical Thinking

INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC Part 1 By Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. Truth is the object of thinking. Some truths are obvious; others are difficult to acquire. Some judgments we...

Dolhenty: The Myth of Moral Relativism

BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. The purpose of this brief essay is to show that moral (or ethical) relativism is a philosophical myth that is accepted...

Aristotle and a Synoptic Philosophy—Dolhenty

By Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. The word "synoptic" comes to us from the Greek "sunoprikos," which means "seeing the whole together" or "taking a comprehensive view."...

A Theory of Public Nonsense

By Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. An analysis of nonsense in areas as broad as social behavior, political policy, and science can be complex and intimidating. Since...

Philosophy of Education: An Example of Applied Philosophy

By Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. Applied philosophy involves the application of philosophical principles and concepts to the practical affairs of the human condition. Philosophers have written...

Aristotle and a Synoptic Philosophy

By Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. The word "synoptic" comes to us from the Greek "sunoprikos," which means "seeing the whole together" or "taking a comprehensive view."...

What is Intellectual Insanity?

America's War With Reality, Truth, & Morality By Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. Ideas have consequences. A philosophy is a set of ideas about basic things like reality,...

Truth and Certainty

By Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. We have a knowledge of reality. Reality is presented to us by our senses through the medium of percepts and our...

Truth and Certainty, by Jonathan Dolhenty

By Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. We have a knowledge of reality. Reality is presented to us by our senses through the medium of percepts and our...