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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...

The Nature of Ideas

THE PROBLEM OF KNOWLEDGE A Brief Introduction to Epistemology By Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. PART V: THE NATURE OF IDEAS: FORMATION OF IDEAS, IDEA AND SENSE IMAGE Ideas are...

The Morality of Love – How to Think About Love, Part 4

Max Weismann interviews Mortimer Adler Part 4: The Morality of Love Weismann: Now I would like us to move on to our last topic and consider...

What is Philosophical Realism?

BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. Philosophy is the attempt to understand the most basic facts about the world we inhabit and so far as possible to...

How to Think About Love: Part 3 – Sexual Love

MAX WEISMAN INTERVIEWS MORTIMER ADLER Part 3: Sexual Love Weismann: But we also know that friendly love exists in the real world where it is often...

How to Think About Love: Part 2 – Love As Friendship

MAX WEISMAN INTERVIEWS MORTIMER ADLER Part 2: Love as Friendship Weismann: I would like now to develop a fuller understanding of this kind of love: love...

An Introduction to the Doctrines of Thomas Aquinas

The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas: A Beginners Course, by Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. Part III, An Introduction to His Doctrines Thomas Aquinas was the first to...

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