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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...

Aquinas: On Just War

DAILY DABBLE IN THE CLASSICS, ST. THOMAS AQUINAS In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the...

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...

The Principle of the Practical Effect

BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. Pyrrho was a citizen of Elis in ancient Greece, born around 360 B.C. or so and, to the best of our...

The Human Equation in Dialectic

MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. In the Sophist, Plato separates the philosopher from the sophist, not by any distinction in method, but by the difference in...

The Confusion of the Animalists

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. A recent book, entitled Apes, Men, and Language, bears the subtitle "How teaching chimpanzees to 'talk' alters man's notions of...

Out Of Small Beginnings

Thanksgiving During the winter of 1623, the Pilgrims subsisted for a time on a daily ration of five kernels of parched corn. The tradition of...

Controversy in the Life and Teaching of Philosophy

MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. PART 1 In a little more than twenty years, the honor of delivering the Annual Association Address has been thrice conferred on...

What is Intellectual Insanity?

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,...

Cicero: One Law for All

DAILY DABBLE IN THE CLASSICS, CICERO In the last years of the Roman Republic, Marcus Tullius Cicero, penned his dialogue De Legibus (On the Laws)....

Have We Lost Our Common Sense?—Dolhenty

BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. The world is in a desperate state of affairs. Social institutions – the family, schools, and churches – are falling apart....

Does God Exist?—A Contemporary Philosophical Argument

BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. The argument over the existence of God has raged for centuries. Theists and atheists have continually debated the possibility of even...

Isaac Watts: Logic

Western Thought In 1724 Isaac Watts publishes the standard treatise on the study of Logic. In the introduction he defines the purpose and organization of...

Jim Bludso, of the Prairie Queen

Jim Bludso, Of the Prairie Belle. (Pike County Ballads.) ————— WALL, no! I can’t tell whar he lives, Because he don’t live, you see: Leastways, he’s got out of...

Philosophy’s Future

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. There is little point in asking whether philosophy has a future, for that question hardly admits of a negative answer. The...