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Saturday February 6th 2016

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The Existence of God—Jon Dolhenty

The Existence of God—Jon Dolhenty

THE PHILOSOPHY OF GOD A brief introduction to theodicy Adapted from various sources and edited by Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. Part One: The Existence of God A. God The word "God" means, to the learned and the uncultured alike, a Being superior to this bodily world and all it contains; a Being that has produced the world, is in [...]

Mortimer Adler: On Anarchy

Mortimer Adler: On Anarchy

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER What most people have in mind when they use the word "anarchist" is the image of a bomb-throwing revolutionist. They do not know about the existence of philosophical anarchists. The philosophical anarchist is one who mistakenly believes that human beings can live together peacefully and harmoniously without government. [...]

Adler ‘On The Relativity of Values’

Adler ‘On The Relativity of Values’

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. Dear Dr. Adler, History and anthropology reveal great variation in moral standards and beliefs among various peoples and cultures. Are there any absolute distinctions between what is right and what is wrong? Or are such judgments merely an expression of a particular culture or of personal opinion? Wasn't it [...]

God and Evil – My Answer for Michael Savage

God and Evil – My Answer for Michael Savage

BY SELWYN DUKE Torture, pain, beheadings, the murder of children…. If God exists and is all good, how could He allow such suffering and evil? This is a common question, and a lament often an impediment to faith. It also was addressed recently on the Savage Nation radio show, where host Michael Savage — exhibiting his versatility and talk [...]

Who exactly is in charge here? Part 4

Who exactly is in charge here? Part 4

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP Head. ... My visit to Legrand & Molinos had public utility for its object. A market is to be built in Richmond. What a commodious plan is that of Legrand & Molinos; especially if we put on it the noble dome of the Halle aux bleds. If such a bridge ... can be thrown across the Schuylkill at Philadelphia ... what [...]

The Sources of Knowledge

The Sources of Knowledge

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. All of us have stored away millions of bits of information, most of which, as we all know, we can't remember when we want to. What is the source of these bits of information? How we get them into our mind and into our memory? Most of us realize that many of those bits of information we have stored away are erroneous, [...]

On Romantic Love

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 loves and explaining why they are bad as love--in Christian terms? ADLER: You may be shocked at first to see what they are--love of money, pride, and romantic love. At first they don't seem to go [...]

The Criterion of Truth

The Criterion of Truth

THE PROBLEM OF KNOWLEDGE A Brief Introduction to Epistemology, Part 13 BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. We have a knowledge of reality. Reality is presented to us by our senses through the medium of percepts and our intellect fashions concepts or ideas which are representations of reality in an abstract and universal manner. But mere percepts and [...]

Medicine and Morals

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. These lectures, plus 120 pages of copious notes, were subsequently published in a book entitled, "What Man Has Made of Man: A Study of the Consequences of Platonism and Positivism in [...]

Ideas and Terms: Definition and Division

Ideas and Terms: Definition and Division

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. Part 12 of Ideas and Terms: Definition and Division It has constantly been pointed out that clearness of ideas is essential to correct thinking. Vagueness and confusion are the greatest obstacles to clear thinking in the pursuit of truth. How many arguments could be quickly settled if only we made our ideas clear! Our [...]

Habits, Good and Bad

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 into this world with. A carpenter improves the raw materials he works with when he fashions a table out of them, even if, being a poor workman, the table he produces is an inferior one. The improvement [...]

Ideas and Terms: What are Terms?

Ideas and Terms: What are Terms?

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. PART ELEVEN What are Terms? How Can We Classify Terms? Supposition of Terms IDEAS AND TERMS We have now discussed the idea and its various aspects and divisions. It's time to turn our attention to the term, the expression of language we use to designate the idea. Whenever we speak or write or think, [...]

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

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 individual in relation to other human beings and to the organized community itself--the state. The other is concerned with the justice of the state--its form of government and its laws, its political [...]

The World of Universals: Logical Universals – Predicables

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 extension of the universal and reflects on the contents of an idea to see how it applies to its subjects precisely as a universal, that is, whether as their [...]

Does the End Justify the Means?

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 end? Don't the conditions of human life require some shadiness and deceit to achieve security and success? First, let's try to understand the sense in which the word "justifies" is used in the familiar statement that [...]

Philosophy of Education

Philosophy of Education

By Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. This essay is an excerpt from a much larger work I wrote in 1978 about the linguistic muddle which permeated educational theory and practice at the time. I suggested that some of the contributions made by the modern analytic movement in philosophy could help educators, and particularly educational philosophers, deal [...]

The Ethics of Enough

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, uninstructive. But everyone knows what that idiomatic statement means: "That's enough, I don't want any more." All of us have heard people say "That's not enough, that's too little, I want more" or "That's [...]

The World of Direct Universals

The World of Direct Universals

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. Direct Universals: Categories An idea which expresses the essence or nature of a thing as the thing is in itself, without relation to other things or ideas, is called a direct universal. A direct universal considers and manifests only the comprehension and the intellect pays no attention to the extension of the [...]

On Moral Philosophy

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 errors that have occurred in modern times. These must be corrected in order for philosophy to succeed in its effort to provide us with ethical and political knowledge. In my [...]

The World of Universals

The World of Universals

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. The so-called "Problem of the Universals" has been a controversial topic in modern philosophy. Controversy aside, however, universal ideas are of the utmost importance for philosophy and science. The particularities of the controversy need not concern us here and the arguments regarding their philosophical status are [...]

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