Ten Philosophical Mistakes

  • by Mortimer J. Adler
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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."


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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The most important questions in philosophy

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I liked the fact the author focuses on the important questions in philosophy. Written in a classical manner, so it doesn't draw you in if you don't listen carefully. Worth the focus.

Would you be willing to try another book from Mortimer J. Adler? Why or why not?

I have. How to read a book written by Mortimer J Alder is an extremely useful book, and certainly helped me appreciate this one.

What aspect of Simon Vance’s performance would you have changed?

Not much. The book can sound a little monotonous, but it's probably the writing.

Was Ten Philosophical Mistakes worth the listening time?

It was because it highlighted excellent thoughts in philosophy.

Any additional comments?

Sometimes I felt the author was too confident in asserting his position on ideas that don't have answers. I liked his choice of the 10 questions and what philosophers said about them.

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- Philomath

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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- Thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-31-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.