Mortimer J. Adler Archive

Adler on Justice

The domain of justice is divided into two main spheres of interest. One is concerned with the justice of the individual in relation to...

Adler on Law

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. The word "law" in the vocabulary of religious Jews, Christians, and Muslims means the divinely ordained law of the Ten...

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...

The Importance of Philosophical Reflection — Mortimer J. Adler

MORTIMER J. ADLER The knowledge we can derive from science and history, are limited to first-order knowledge by their investigative mode of inquiry. They are...

Why Philosophy is Everybody’s Business—Mortimer J. Adler

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER One can be a generally educated human being without being knowledgeable in this or that specialized field of empirical science. Such...

Mortimer Adler: On Anarchy

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER What most people have in mind when they use the word "anarchist" is the image of a bomb-throwing revolutionist. They do...

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,...

Intellectual Power

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER The Aristotelian and Thomistic doctrine concerning the intellect asserts that the human intellect is an immaterial power, in contrast to...

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...

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...

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...