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By Mortimer J. Adler

Aristotle (384 - 322 B.C.) taught good judgment to Alexander the good and, through advantage of his philosophical works, to each thinker seeing 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, proposing Aristotle's understandings in a present, delightfully lucid approach. He brings Aristotle's paintings to a daily point. by way of encouraging readers to imagine philosophically, Adler bargains us a special route to own insights and knowing of intangibles, corresponding to the variation among want and desires, the right kind solution to pursue happiness, and the correct plan for a great existence.

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I can answer these three questions better after I have answered one other. Why philosophy? Why should everyone learn how to think philosophically—how to ask the kind of searching questions that children and philosophers ask and that philosophers sometimes answer? I have long been of the opinion that philosophy is everybody’s business—but not in order to get more information about the world, our society, and ourselves. For that purpose, it would be better to turn to the natural and the social sciences and to history.

Similarly, if we did not recognize the clear-cut distinction between a rosebush and a horse, we would never wonder whether a given specimen of living organism was a plant or an animal. Just as animals are a special kind of living organism because they perform functions that plants do not, so for a similar reason are human beings a special kind of animal. They perform certain functions that no other animals perform, such as asking general questions and seeking answers to them by observation and by thought.

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. Classifying things, placing them in this or that category, is a familiar process. Everyone does it at one time or another—shopkeepers when they take stock of what is on their shelves, librarians when they catalogue books, secretaries when they file letters or documents.

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