Adler's Philosophical Dictionary: 125 Key Terms for the Philosopher's Lexicon by Mortimer J. Adler, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Adler's Philosophical Dictionary: 125 Key Terms for the Philosopher's Lexicon

Adler's Philosophical Dictionary: 125 Key Terms for the Philosopher's Lexicon

by Mortimer J. Adler
     
 

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The terms and concepts that have stimulated thinkers from Aristotle onward come to life in the latest work by the man Time magazine has called "America's philosopher for everyman."

Does beauty lie merely in the eye of the beholder? Is the human soul immortal? What does it mean to know something? What is the nature of erotic love? Here, Adler examines these

Overview

The terms and concepts that have stimulated thinkers from Aristotle onward come to life in the latest work by the man Time magazine has called "America's philosopher for everyman."

Does beauty lie merely in the eye of the beholder? Is the human soul immortal? What does it mean to know something? What is the nature of erotic love? Here, Adler examines these questions, as well as many others, with his trademark clarity, rigor, and common sense. Providing a broad-ranging inventory of the 125 most used and abused terms in the philosophical lexicon, Adler precisely defines such key terms as:

  • chance
  • choice
  • duty
  • good and evil
  • honor
  • human nature
  • memory
  • soul
  • time

Stimulating, engaging, and organized in an easy-to-use, A-to-Z format, Adler's Philosophical Dictionary is an ideal introduction to the history of the great ideas.

Editorial Reviews

Ray Olson
Indomitable and, now well into his nineties, seemingly eternal, America's foremost public philosopher produces his fifty-eighth book and one of the most useful. It consists of reasonably thorough definitions of some 125 terms (a few are just cross references to others) that reflect Adler's famous adherences to the Aristotelian mainstream of Western philosophy (if anything, Adler is downright anti-Kantian), to democracy and socialism (but not communism: Adler very cogently explains why communism is antithetical to socialism) as the political and economic practices most in accordance with the principles of justice, and to world government. The defined terms do not include philosophy's hardware words--"ontology, epistemology, phenomenology, heuristics", etc.--but rather are its meat and potatoes--"art, beauty, God, idea," etc. If, now and then, a definition seems to overlook crucial aspects of its term, Adler appends a list of sources of further elucidation in his own other books. A helpful and, aptly, thought-provoking little resource, perhaps even at the reference desk.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684803609
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
08/21/1995
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.85(d)

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Meet the Author

Dr. Mortimer J. Adler was Chairman of the Board of the Encyclopedia Britannica, Director of the Institute for Philosophical Research, Honorary Trustee of the Aspen Institute, and authored more than fifty books. He died in 2001.

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