Mortimer J. Adler

The Human Equation in Dialectic

MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. In the Sophist, Plato separates the philosopher from the sophist, not by any distinction in method, but by the difference in...

The Confusion of the Animalists

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. A recent book, entitled Apes, Men, and Language, bears the subtitle "How teaching chimpanzees to 'talk' alters man's notions of...

Controversy in the Life and Teaching of Philosophy

MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. PART 1 In a little more than twenty years, the honor of delivering the Annual Association Address has been thrice conferred on...

Iraq and the Bloody Price of Lies

BY SELWYN DUKE Western civilization lied and people died. It lied, that is, to itself. I am referring to Iraq, but not to the hapless George...

Philosophy’s Future

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. There is little point in asking whether philosophy has a future, for that question hardly admits of a negative answer. The...

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...

Is Grief an Evil?

BY STEVE FARRELL Missing the Mark With Religion, Part 10 Is grief an evil? More to the point, is there something fundamentally wrong with you or...

GOD AND LIBERTY: A libertarian challenge to secular liberalism

BY PHILIP VANDER ELST When Benjamin Franklin introduced his grandson to Voltaire shortly before the latter’s death in 1778, that great opponent of the Catholic...

The politics of St. Paul

MARK W. HENDRICKSON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES In Romans 13:1-7 the apostle Paul writes: “ is the minister of God to thee for good”...

God and Jesus, Politics and Government

MARK W. HENDRICKSON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Is God a Democrat? A Republican? Was Jesus a conservative, liberal, socialist, or libertarian? Those are jarring questions....

Cop: I’d Love to “Bang down Your Door and Come for Your Gun”

BY SELWYN DUKE How would you feel if a police officer you knew for 20 years told you that if an order was issued to...

The Prospect for Freedom: Can the U.S. Sustain Its Experiment in Self-Government?

LIBERTY LETTERS OS GUINNESS, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract In establishing a free republic, the Founders had to tackle three major tasks. The first task was winning freedom—the objective...

A Rebirth of Liberty

Individual Liberty in the Crucible of History, Part 6 CLARENCE B. CARSON, IDEAS ON LIBERTY But Surely, I will be told, even if a rebirth of...

Joseph Story, the Natural Law, and Modern Jurisprudence

DIARMUID F. O'SCANNLAIN, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract As a natural law thinker, Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story believed that human nature is inherent and unchangeable. Story wrote...

Immigration and National Survival

BY SELWYN DUKE When pondering our obsession with immigration, I’m reminded of how people in the ridiculous dystopian film Idiocracy were watering their crops...

The Bodyguards of Truth – Mortimer J. Adler

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. My serious study of philosophy began when, at Columbia University in the early twenties, I took a course in the...

How to Think About Love—Part 1—The Kinds of Love

MAX WEISMANN INTERVIEWS MORTIMER J. ADLER Mortimer Adler and I have often discussed the fact that although the idea of Love is one of the...

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...

Three Fundamentals as to Why I Oppose Gun Control

BY STEVE FARRELL I am firmly opposed to the President's unconstitutional and dangerous-to-liberty gun grab, whether they be accomplished through the front door of Congress,...

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...

Some Thoughts on Justice – Mortimer J. Adler

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. With regard to the idea of justice, the central and predominant controversy consists in a three-sided dispute. There are three...

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...

Some Questions About Language – Mortimer J. Adler

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. Within the tradition of analytic and linguistic philosophy, as developed in the twentieth century, it was Wittgenstein's "Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus" that...

Is This Freedom? – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Fyodor Dostoevsky The world has proclaimed the reign of freedom, especially of late, but what do we see in this...

The Truth and the Good – Is and Ought

By Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. The judgment that something is good or bad -- or that it is better or worse than something else --...

That Peaceable Front for Unprincipled Power

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Edmund Burke Kings are ambitious; the nobility haughty; and the populace tumultuous and ungovernable. Each party, however in appearance peaceable,...