Basic Errors in Modern Thought

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Ten Philosophical Mistakes: Basic Errors in Modern Thought - How They Came About, Their Consequences, and How to Avoid Them is a book written by Mortimer J. Adler and published in 1985. According to him, "modern philosophy has never recovered from its false starts. Like men floundering in quicksand who compound their difficulties by struggling to extricate themselves, Kant and his successors have multiplied the difficulties and perplexities of modern philosophy by the very strenuousness—and even ingenuity—of their efforts to extricate themselves from the muddle left in their path by Descartes, Locke, and Hume."[1] It is a response from the Aristotelian and Thomistic tradition. He also responds to Hegel, and exponents of Utilitarianism and Existentialism, and contemporary Analytic philosophy.

Ten Philosophical Mistakes: Basic Errors in Modern Thought - How They Came About, Their Consequences, and How to Avoid Them
Cover of the first edition
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CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectAristotle vs. Modern philosophy
PublisherMacmillan Publishers
Publication date
1985
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages200 (paperback edition)
ISBN0-02-500330-5 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.

Thesis[edit]

All of these mistakes are modern in origin. Some have prototypes in antiquity, but where that is the case we can find a refutation of them in Aristotle. The repetition of these mistakes in modern thought plainly indicates an ignorance of Aristotle's correction of them. (p. xix)

Consciousness and its Objects[edit]

The Intellect and the Senses[edit]

Words and Meanings[edit]

Knowledge and Opinion[edit]

Moral Values[edit]

Happiness and Contentment[edit]

Freedom of Choice[edit]

Human Nature[edit]

Human Society[edit]

Human Existence[edit]

Epilogue: Modern Science and Ancient Wisdom[edit]

Scholarly Reception and Responsa[edit]

See Also[edit]

  • Aristotle for Everybody
  • The Conditions of Philosophy

References[edit]

Adler, Mortimer, Ten Philosophical Mistakes: Basic Errors in Modern Thought - How They Came About, Their Consequences, and How to Avoid Them (1985) ISBN 0-02-500330-5 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.

Thompson, Ewa (2016). "Searching for the Proper Foundation: Mortimer Adler vs. John Locke". Sarmatian Review, Polish Institute of Houston.

External Links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Adler, p. 200


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