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

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 what means. The whole American concept of progress, which has outstripped every other nation on earth, is based on certain fundamental principles which men now ask us to abandon. Certainly we are [...]

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 [...]

THE ETHICS OF COMMON SENSE

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 is "sound" in the way in which it develops its principles, "practical" in the manner in which it applies them, and "undogmatic" in the claims it makes for them. Why or in [...]

The Problem of Knowledge – Part 7: Kinds of Ideas

The Problem of Knowledge – Part 7: Kinds of Ideas

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. PART SEVEN Ideas According to Their Origin Ideas According to Their Relations Ideas According to Their Comprehension Ideas According to Their Extension KINDS OF IDEAS Ideas can be looked at from different viewpoints and categorized in different ways. We need to have a comprehensive understanding [...]

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