The Four Dimensions of Philosophy

Mortimer Jerome Adler, Author Scribner Book Company $22 (320p) ISBN 978-0-02-500574-7
Adler's central thesis, in this concise, lucid survey, is that philosophy not only ranks on a par with science as a means to knowledge, but also claims superiority over science in certain areas, for example, in telling us what ends we ought to pursue. The prolific author of Six Great Ideas equips the armchair thinker with a road map to Western philosophy's peaks, abysses and abiding questions as he underscores the pitfalls to be avoided, and fruits to be won, in pursuing four distinct philosophical realms--metaphysical, moral, objective (i.e., understanding of ideas) and categorical (understanding of subjects). Adler's approach ranges widely, moving from ``disorders'' of medieval thought to the modern ``political illnesses'' of nationalism, tribalism and xenophobia. This invigorating introduction to how philosophy works emphasizes the importance of philosophical introspection in the lives of ordinary men and women. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/31/1993
Release date: 06/01/1993
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