Mortimer J. Adler

Ethics: Fourth Century B.C. and Twentieth Century A.D.

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. In 1986, on the 100th anniversary of Yeshiva College in New York City, the president of the college, Norman Lamm,...

How Can I Make a Good Life for Myself?

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. ( 1 ) There is an entry in the Note Books of Samuel Butler that reads as follows:IS LIFE WORTH LIVING?That...

On the Golden Rule

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. In Matthew: 7.12. Jesus says: "All things whatsoever you would have men do unto you, do you ever so to...

Comments on the "Naturalistic Fallacy"

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. The refutation of naturalism in ethics rests on the truth of two propositions: (1) that there is at least one...

Comments on the “Naturalistic Fallacy”

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. The refutation of naturalism in ethics rests on the truth of two propositions: (1) that there is at least one...

Obligations to Self and to Others

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. The obligation of the individual to act justly toward his fellowmen requires him, "as far as that is possible," to...

Natural Needs = Natural Rights

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Resting on the distinction between the real and the apparent good, a basic tenet of the commonsense view is that...

How Can One Individual Help Another To Become Morally Virtuous?

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. I am tempted to say, "Don't ask," because I am persuaded that no one has ever come up with the...

Is Anyone Ever Perfectly Virtuous or Completely Happy?

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Perfect moral virtue, philosophically considered, is an ideal always to be aimed at, but seldom if ever to be attained....

Virtue and the Pursuit of Happiness

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. We are all faced with having to choose between one activity and another, with having to order and arrange the...

Habits of Mind and Character

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. I have mentioned two kinds of habits: habits which are skills or arts, and moral habits -- the habits of...

Virtue as an End and as a Means

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Intellectual virtues -- the goods of the mind -- occupy a high rank, if not the highest, in the scale...

Why Strength of Character is Needed to Lead a Good LIfe

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. We must now consider the problem the individual faces when the circumstances of his life are such that he must...

Love as an Object of Right Desire

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. To deal with love as an object of right desire, we must first clarify the relation of love to desire;...

A Dialectic of Morals: Part 5 – Psychological Presuppositions: Limitations of the Dialectic

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. In the preceding chapters of this book, I have outlined a dialectical procedure whereby a doubting mind might be led...

A Dialectic of Morals: Part 4 – The Order of Goods and Happiness

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. We must now begin by asking the student whether he is willing to agree that we cannot desire everything as...

A Dialectic of Morals: Part 3 – Pleasure and the Order of Goods

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. To make a fresh start, let us ask about the meaning of pleasure as a criterion of preference. Precisely what...

A Dialectic of Morals: Part 2 – Preference and Pleasure, Induction of a Principle

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. (Numbers in parentheses refer to Notes at the bottom of the page) LET US BEGIN with an indisputable fact. No one...

A Dialectic of Morals: Part 1 – Introduction, The Dialectical Task

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. (Numbers in parentheses refer to Notes at the bottom of the page) In St. Thomas and the Gentiles, I tried to...

The Nature of Natural Law

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Most people are confused by the use of the term "natural law." They understand what the laws of nature are...

From Each According to His Wants?

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Mortimer Adler “To each according to his wants,” far from being a maxim of justice, makes no practical sense at...

How to Think About Love – Part 4

Part 4: The Morality of Love Weismann: Now I would like us to move on to our last topic and consider the problem of the...

Little Errors in the Beginning

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. I. In his introduction to De Ente et Essentia St. Thomas Aquinas remarks that "a little error in the beginning leads...

WITH RESPECT TO PHILOSOPHY

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. With respect to philosophy, the following propositions must be affirmed. He who denies any one of them denies philosophy. I) Philosophy...

A Guide to Reading John Locke's Concerning Civil Government: Second Essay

By Mortimer J. Adler and Peter Wolff In the history of human liberty, Locke's essay Concerning Civil Government stands out not only as a great...