Aristotle for Everybody: Difficult Thought Made Easy by Mortimer J. Adler

By Mortimer J. Adler

Aristotle (384 - 322 B.C.) taught common sense to Alexander the nice and, through advantage of his philosophical works, to each thinker given that, from Marcus Aurelius, to Thomas Aquinas, to Mortimer J. Adler. Now Adler instructs the area within the "uncommon good judgment" of Aristotelian common sense, featuring Aristotle's understandings in a present, delightfully lucid manner. He brings Aristotle's paintings to a daily point. via encouraging readers to imagine philosophically, Adler bargains us a distinct route to own insights and figuring out of intangibles, akin to the adaptation among want and desires, the right kind method to pursue happiness, and the correct plan for an excellent lifestyles.

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If minds are not bodies, what is their relationship to bodies? I will try to answer some of these questions—with Aristotle’s help—in later chapters of this book. Some are difficult philosophical questions that I will postpone until the very end. For the moment, asking them serves the purpose of calling attention to the larger universe of which the physical world is but a part, even though the world of bodies may be the only one that really exists. Staying with that world, we must consider another distinction made by Aristotle.

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Part V Difficult Philosophical Questions 20. Infinity 21. Eternity 22. The Immateriality of Mind 23. God EPILOGUE For Those Who Have Read or Who Wish to Read Aristotle PREFACE When the idea for this book first occurred to me, I thought of entitling it The Children’s Aristotle or Aristotle for Children. But those titles would not have accurately conveyed the audience for whom this simple, easy-to-read exposition of Aristotle’s common-sense philosophy is intended. The audience, I felt, was everybody—of any age, from twelve or fourteen years old upward.

That is his great contribution to all of us. What I am going to try to do in this book is to make his uncommon common sense easier to understand. If it becomes easier to understand, it might even become less uncommon. PART I MAN THE PHILOSOPHICAL ANIMAL 1 Philosophical Games Many of us have played two games without realizing we were on the way to becoming philosophical. ” Both games consist in asking questions. However, that is not what makes them philosophical games; it is what lies behind the questions—a set of categories, a scheme of classification.

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