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."
"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
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.
I have. How to read a book written by Mortimer J Alder is an extremely useful book, and certainly helped me appreciate this one.
Not much. The book can sound a little monotonous, but it's probably the writing.
It was because it highlighted excellent thoughts in philosophy.
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.
Defense of Adler's "Ten Philosophical Mistakes."