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‘Radical Academy: Root Principles & Common Sense’

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, [...]

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