Mortimer J. Adler Archive

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Disorders of Philosophy in the Middle Ages

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. After the first flowering of philosophy in Greece in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C., there is a long period...

The Misfortunes of Philosophy in Antiquity

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. With the speculations of the pre-Socratic philosophers, with the dialogues of Plato, and with the treatises of Aristotle, philosophy got...

The Questions Science Cannot Answer

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. Any consideration of science and philosophy presupposes some difference between them. According to the way in which we understand that...

Mortimer J. Adler: The Good Life and the Good Society

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. Politics is sometimes regarded as the sovereign or controlling discipline in the practical order -- the order of action. It...

Modern Science and Ancient Wisdom – Mortimer J. Adler

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. The outstanding achievement and intellectual glory of modern times has been empirical science and the mathematics that it has put...

The Basic Difference Between Science and Philosophy

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. Excerpted from his book The Four Dimensions of Philosophy. I.We live in a culture in which science, along with its applications...

About Philosophy in Relation to Common Sense—Mortimer Adler

MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. Are our minds cognitive–that is, are they instruments whereby we are able to acquire knowledge and attain understanding of the real...

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...

Adler on the Conflict Between Reason and Emotion

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Dear Dr. Adler, We are advised to be governed by reason and not to let our emotions run away with us....

Adler on the Purpose of Life

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Let us begin by asking the purpose of the question about the purpose of life. What do men have in...

Adler on Capitalism and Socialism: Two Faces of the Same Coin

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...

Adler on Wisdom

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. In our common speech we call a man wise either because he shows good judgment in the practical affairs of...

Adler on Faith and the Will to Believe

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Belief in any religious community that has an articulated creed, the first words uttered when the creed is recited are...

Adler on the Social Contract

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. "Human beings and some other nonhuman animals are gregarious and are naturally impelled to associate with one another. But while...

Adler on the Term "Education"

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Education? The word is used so loosely that to talk about "education" without qualifying adjectives attached to it is not...