Philosophy in General

Philosophy and the Good Life

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D . Though the considerations with which l begin may appear abstract and theoretical, I think you will see that the...

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...

The World of Universals: Logical Universals – Predicables

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. Logical Universals: Predicables The logical universal expresses the nature common to many, precisely as it is applicable to many. Our intellect considers the...

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...

Individualism and the Common Good

by Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. One of the concepts which seems to present difficulties to individualists and libertarians is the concept of the "common good." This...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 --...

The Great Idea of Dialectic—Mortimer J. Adler

By Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. The words "dialectical" and "dialectician" are currently used more often in a derogatory than in a descriptive sense. The person...

What is an Idea?—Mortimer J. Adler

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. In the vocabulary of daily speech, the word "idea" is generally used to name the subjective contents of our own...

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...

Philosophy's Past—Mortimer J. Adler

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. (From a chapter on Philosophy's Past in Dr. Adler's book The Four Dimensions of Philosophy.) The modern period, like the ancient and...

Philosophy’s Past—Mortimer J. Adler

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. (From a chapter on Philosophy's Past in Dr. Adler's book The Four Dimensions of Philosophy.) The modern period, like the ancient and...

Mortimer J. Adler: The Philosopher

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. I. Introduction At the conclusion of these lectures on the works of the mind, it seems appropriate to begin by surveying...

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...

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...