Mortimer J. Adler Archive

On Fairness – Mortimer J. Adler

Adler briefly discusses the difference between fairness and justice, equality and inequality, and how various crimes and violations of rights fit in this discussion. by...

Suicidal Epistemologizing—Mortimer J. Adler

Adler briefly discusses the philosophical which began with Descartes and given effect by Locke, Berkeley, and Hume which he calls Suicidal Epistemologizing. by Mortimer J....

Kant and Mill on Ethics – Mortimer J. Adler

Adler briefly discusses Immanuel Kant & J.S. Mill on ethics, applies it to moral obligation, rights, the general welfare, and the pursuit of happiness. by...

Happiness vs Being Happy, Mortimer J. Adler

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. That fact that everyone has a right to pursue happiness suggests that happiness is attainable -- in some degree --...

Kant’s Moral Basis, by Mortimer J. Adler

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Question: I would like to raise the question of whether it is even possible to act from such a notion of...

Necessary versus Contingent Beings – Mortimer J. Adler

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. We can infer that a necessary being exists because the existence of a necessary being is required as the cause...

Adler on Adler

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. A word about myself as an author. I spent about thirty years in universities, teaching experimental psychology at Columbia University...

Progress in Ethics, by Mortimer J. Adler

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. In my opinion, Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, properly construed, is the only sound, pragmatic, and undogmatic work in moral philosophy that...

Ancient vs Modern Philosophers

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Scientific knowledge changes, grows, improves, expands, as a result of refinements in and accretions to the special experience -- the...

Impediments in Exercising One’s Will, by Mortimer J. Adler

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. . . . additional consideration concerns the bearing of the pathological weaknesses of mind or character that we call mental...

Little Philosophical Errors, Mortimer J. Adler

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Finding a prior philosopher's conclusions untenable, the thing to do is to go back to his starting point and see...

Differences of Kind and Degree, Mortimer J. Adler

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. When we use the word "man" not for the male gender or a male member of the human species, but...

Evolution, Mortimer J. Adler

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Since Darwin, the word "evolution" is used in place of the word "development" for any sequence of changes in which...

Thomas Jefferson’s Two Track Education System — Mortimer J. Adler

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Only with a sense of that continuity of Western education from the Greeks to the nineteenth century can we fully...

Friendship and Love, Mortimer J. Adler

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Fraternity (Friendship): The word "fraternity" or "friendship" names one of the three major forms of love. All the forms of...

War and Peace, by Mortimer J. Adler

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. The word "war" in everyday discourse usually means actual warfare, fighting with whatever weapons are available at the time and...

Citizenship, by Mortimer J. Adler

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. The word "citizen" is inseparable from the word "constitution." Only when a government is constitutional, only in a republic, are...

Adler on Communism and Socialism

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. To the entry under Capitalism and Socialism above, I add here some comments on the seventy-year experiment with communism in...

Capitalism and Socialism, Mortimer J. Adler

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. The words "capitalism" and "socialism" are of recent origin in everyday speech -- as recent as the nineteenth and twentieth...

On Totalitarianism, Mortimer J. Adler

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. The word "totalitarianism" was first used in the twentieth century by Hannah Arendt in a book entitled Origins of Totalitarianism...