Aristotle for Everybody: Difficult Thought Made Easy by Mortimer J. Adler

By Mortimer J. Adler

Aristotle (384 - 322 B.C.) taught common sense to Alexander the good and, via advantage of his philosophical works, to each thinker considering, from Marcus Aurelius, to Thomas Aquinas, to Mortimer J. Adler. Now Adler instructs the realm within the "uncommon logic" of Aristotelian good judgment, offering Aristotle's understandings in a present, delightfully lucid means. He brings Aristotle's paintings to a regular point. by means of encouraging readers to imagine philosophically, Adler deals us a different route to own insights and figuring out of intangibles, similar to the variation among want and desires, the correct solution to pursue happiness, and the fitting plan for an exceptional existence.

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It does not need a human being to make it happen. In fact, when man does make it happen, what does he make—the fire itself or does he merely cause it to happen at a certain time and place, as the man walking through the woods caused it to happen at the spot where he decided to cook lunch? One more example to consider: lightning split the tree and cut off some of its branches. Men can do that, too, with axes and saws; and they do it when they engage in lumbering in order to obtain the wood they need to build houses, or to make chairs and tables.

What is the difference between the man-made house—or the man-made chair or table—and the man-made fire? Or between the tree’s branches that are cut off by lightning and the tree’s branches that are cut down by lumberjacks? Or between the fire built by the picnicker in order to cook his lunch and the fire caused by the man tramping through the woods who carelessly dropped a lighted cigarette? Let’s start with the easiest question first. The fire caused by the lighted cigarette was accidental rather than intentional.

Infinity 21. Eternity 22. The Immateriality of Mind 23. God EPILOGUE For Those Who Have Read or Who Wish to Read Aristotle PREFACE When the idea for this book first occurred to me, I thought of entitling it The Children’s Aristotle or Aristotle for Children. But those titles would not have accurately conveyed the audience for whom this simple, easy-to-read exposition of Aristotle’s common-sense philosophy is intended. The audience, I felt, was everybody—of any age, from twelve or fourteen years old upward.

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