Mortimer J. Adler

Moses Mather On Free Agency

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, MOSES MATHER 1775 Free agency, or a rational existence, with its powers and faculties, and freedom of enjoying and exercising...

On Romantic Love

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. A Conversation Between Max Weismann and Dr. Mortimer Adler WEISMANN: Could you help us and begin by naming the three bad...

Federalist Papers, No. 1: Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Saturday, October 27, 1787 General Introduction AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the subsisting federal government, you are called upon...

Ownership Must Be Tempered by Sharing

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 16 Progressives have a problem with ownership, especially when it’s yours. The very notion seems to conjure...

Bureaucracy and the Tyranny of Minority Power

American Minute with Bill Federer President Calvin Coolidge warned in a speech given MAY 15, 1926, at the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg,...

Medicine and Morals

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. INTRODUCTION by Max Weismann In 1936, Mortimer J. Adler delivered a series of lectures at the Institute for Psychoanalysis in Chicago....

Federalist Papers No. 78, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER: MAJOR WORKS June 14, 1788 The Judiciary Department WE PROCEED now to an examination of the judiciary department of the proposed government. In unfolding the defects...

Habits, Good and Bad

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Looked at one way, all habits are perfections, whether good or bad. They are improvements of the nature we come...

Adler: The Mistake of Giving Primacy of the Right Over the Good

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. The domain of justice is divided into two main spheres of interest. One is concerned with the justice of the...

Ezra Taft Benson: Progress? Yes, But By What Means?

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 20TH CENTURY SERMONS: EZRA TAFT BENSON 1962 All of us are anxious to see our country progress, but we want to know by...

The Good of Corporations

ROGER SCRUTON, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract Americans rightly cherish freedom of association as the necessary condition of a civil society that is not absorbed by the state....

Does the End Justify the Means?

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Does the end justify the means? Can it sometimes be right to use a bad means to achieve a good...

Of Rights and Responsibilities – Clarence Carson

THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS The American Tradition: Part 11 Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date 01 February 1964 Ideas that have come unsprung from...

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,...

On Moral Philosophy

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Philosophy, seeking to establish itself as knowledge rather than mere speculation and unfounded opinion, is afflicted with a series of...

The Indispensable Ingredient to Liberty

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 20TH CENTURY SERMONS, EZRA TAFT BENSON 1976 Many Americans have lost sight of the truth that righteousness is the one indispensable ingredient to...

THE ETHICS OF COMMON SENSE

The Only Moral Philosophy That Is Sound, Practical, and Undogmatic BY MORTIMER J. ADLER The teleological ethics of common sense is the only moral philosophy that...

Aristotle’s Ethics: The Theory of Happiness – II

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER The main point we have seen so far is that, for Aristotle, a happy life is a good life. In other...

For the Sake of Party or Principle?

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Thomas Jefferson and John Adams had different points of view on a few subjects. One significant point of departure, at...

The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx

A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre ...

Aristotle’s Ethics: The Theory of Happiness – I

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER The Humanities represent man's concern with man and with the human world. In that concern there is no more important problem than...

Daniel Webster On Constitutional Liberty

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: SPEECHES, PAMPHLETS, QUOTES, LETTERS ... The first object of a free people is the preservation of their lib­erty; and liberty is only...

Federalist Papers No. 76, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER, MAJOR WORKS Tuesday, April 1, 1788 President's Appointment Power with Advice and Consent of Senate THE President is "to nominate, and, by and with the...

The Great Conversation

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER Happy is the man who, in the course of a complete life, attains everything he desires, provided he desire nothing...

Instructions of the Town of Boston.

To Its Representatives In the General Court FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: LETTERS, SAMUEL ADAMS May 24, 1764 TO ROYALL TYLER JAMES OTIS THOMAS CUSHING & OXENBRIDGE THACHER...

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...

Federalist Papers No. 75, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, March 26, 1788 Treaty Making Power of the Executive (President) THE President is to have power, "by and with the advice...

Dear Doctor: The delightful story of how Mortimer Adler got his Ph.D

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER Dear Doctor:The delightful story of how Mortimer Adler got his Ph.D. In his own words   During those last years at Columbia, many...

Pennsylvania Minority Dissent

Democratic Party Founding Papers … that free countries are most friendly to commerce and to the rights of property. This produces greater internal tranquillity. The Pennsylvania...

Healthcare Is a Right

MAX BORDERS, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 14 Healthcare is important. People get sick and injured. As compassionate human beings, we should do what...