Briefing Room

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...

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...

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...