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Adler: On the Importance of Philosophical Reflection

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. The knowledge we can derive from science and history, are limited to first-order knowledge by their investigative mode of inquiry....

The Six Pillars of Intellectual Insanity

BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. (This interview with Dr. Jonathan Dolhenty was conducted by journalist Don Ross. There is a diagram of the Six Pillars of...

What is Intellectual Insanity? — Jonathan Dolhenty

America's War with Reality, Truth, and Morality BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. Ideas have consequences. A philosophy is a set of ideas about basic things like reality,...

Is Worldly Success Necessary?

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Dear Dr. Adler, Is worldly success necessary for happiness? In our society we tend to estimate other people in terms...

Self-Evidency and Ethics

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. For a truth to be self-evident it must be beyond the shadow of a doubt. It must be undeniable simply...

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...

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...

Part 8: The World of Universals: The Nature of Universals

THE PROBLEM OF KNOWLEDGEA Brief Introduction to Epistemology by Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. PART EIGHT: The Nature of Universals THE WORLD OF UNIVERSALS The so-called "Problem of the Universals" has...

Jesus Trumps All the Moral Philosophers!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I had promised some day to write … my view of the Christian system … a general view of the moral...

Philosophical Mistakes

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. This quote is from a chapter on Philosophy's Past from Dr. Adler's book "The Four Dimensions of Philosophy." Hopefully it...

Adler ‘On The Relativity of Values’

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. Dear Dr. Adler, History and anthropology reveal great variation in moral standards and beliefs among various peoples and cultures. Are there...

On Romantic Love

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. A Conversation Between Max Weismann and Dr. Mortimer Adler WEISMANN: Could you help us and begin by naming the three bad...

Medicine and Morals

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. INTRODUCTION by Max Weismann In 1936, Mortimer J. Adler delivered a series of lectures at the Institute for Psychoanalysis in Chicago....

Habits, Good and Bad

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Looked at one way, all habits are perfections, whether good or bad. They are improvements of the nature we come...

Adler: The Mistake of Giving Primacy of the Right Over the Good

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. The domain of justice is divided into two main spheres of interest. One is concerned with the justice of the...

Does the End Justify the Means?

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Does the end justify the means? Can it sometimes be right to use a bad means to achieve a good...

The Ethics of Enough

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Who has not said or heard someone else say "Enough is enough"? The statement is a tautology and, as such,...

On Moral Philosophy

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Philosophy, seeking to establish itself as knowledge rather than mere speculation and unfounded opinion, is afflicted with a series of...

The Men Who Do Not Lift

The Men Who do not Lift. ————— THE world is sympathetic. The statement none can doubt; When A’s in trouble don’t we think that B should help...

American Papers: National Thanksgiving Proclamation—1789

Thanksgiving   In 1789, both houses of Congress requested that George Washington acknowledge the many favors of Almighty God with a national day of thanksgiving and...

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Independence launched for slaves, too, on July 4, 1776?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP he has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons...

Cancel Culture Needs to Leave John “The Duke” Wayne Alone! – Lloyd Marcus

LLOYD MARCUS, THE UNHYPHENATED AMERICAN My wife Mary has a habit of disturbing my peace by reading me headlines and news stories from her phone...

On the Utility, Fairness of Standardized Tests for College Admissions

BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON The long-established use of standardized tests (the SAT and ACT) as a major criterion for gaining admission to college is increasingly being questioned...