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Ten Philosophical Mistakes: Basic Errors in Modern Thought - How They Came About, Their Consequences, and How to Avoid Them | [Mortimer J. Adler]

Ten Philosophical Mistakes: Basic Errors in Modern Thought - How They Came About, Their Consequences, and How to Avoid Them

In this delightfully lucid and accessible audiobook, America’s foremost philosopher, Mortimer J. Adler, explores 10 errors in the development of modern thought and examines the serious consequences they have in our everyday lives. Some of these mistakes include: (1) The mistake of identifying happiness with a good time rather than with that which is good for us; (2) The failure to differentiate between the perceptual and the conceptual realms of thought, by which the human mind is distinguished from the animal mind; and (3) The failure to acknowledge free will, which leads to the rejection of moral responsibility.
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In this delightfully lucid and accessible audiobook, America’s foremost philosopher, Mortimer J. Adler, explores 10 errors in the development of modern thought and examines the serious consequences they have in our everyday lives. Some of these mistakes include: (1) The mistake of identifying happiness with a good time rather than with that which is good for us; (2) The failure to differentiate between the perceptual and the conceptual realms of thought, by which the human mind is distinguished from the animal mind; and (3) The failure to acknowledge free will, which leads to the rejection of moral responsibility.

Adler feels it is not too late to reverse the tide of escalating misconceptions and learn to live richer and happier lives. It is only unfortunate that in modern times, he says, "Much has been lost that might have been avoided if ancient truths had been preserved."

©1985 Mortimer J. Adler (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Adler’s expositions are clear, well-organized, written in a simple style, and studded with examples to help the uninitiated grasp difficult distinctions - all that one would expect from a gifted teacher." (San Francisco Chronicle)

"Adler has the knack of steering readers through deep intellectual waters and making it easy to stay afloat." (Pittsburgh Press)

"British narrator Simon Vance, whose voice was made for philosophy, gives a superb interpretation that makes one long to hear him read the great philosophers, mistakes and all." (Library Journal)

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    "Not the first book to read on Philosophy."

    This is a bold proposition from start to finish. The idea that any Philosopher can find the others mistakes and, somehow, has it better is perhaps brash. I found it interesting to walk through this work. I found most interesting was discussing various conceptions of man's "State of Nature" which some use a very interesting view of man as an individual to then bolster anarchism, libertarianism, etc.; yet science shows us man's social origins so this "State of Nature" seems like a ridiculous notion. He also makes an assertion which I recall from Nietzsche about Philosophy being concerned as much about what ought to be as with what is. He makes claims which I have trouble accepting. I am uncomfortable when Philosophy becomes a purely speculative and academic process. I think we need to think about what ought and what we are capable of. Our ideas of virtue in the past might not represent what man is, or is really capable of, or how man thrives best. (I am use man to refer to humans not just males.) I am glad that he did make clear his Aristotelian position in the book, since, until he did, I always felt like something was being hidden. I was left bothered by what I felt to be an inadequate definition of happiness. Perhaps, I missed it, but it seemed crucial to his arguments at points, and I am unclear what he meant. For someone so clear in so many ways, this seems to be a glaring omission.

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    Thomas Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 03-26-13
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    "Ten mistakes made by Mortimer J. Adler"

    How anyone can write even in 1985 that human beings are distinguished from animals by the fact that they have no instincts is beyond me...
    Adler fails to grasp that truth is propositional, not absolute...
    From these two mistakes follow Adler's defence of a sort of dualism and ultimately to his conversion to, of all things, Episcopalianism...
    A good man so I understand, however his works of philosophy are pretty much useless today...

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