Six Great Ideas

Six Great Ideas

Truth, Goodness, Beauty, Liberty, Equality, Justice : Ideas We Judge By, Ideas We Act on

Book - 1981
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Publisher: New York : Macmillan, c1981.
ISBN: 9780025005600
002500560X
Characteristics: xii, 243 p. ; 24 cm.

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Jan 22, 2019

On page 103, Adler writes "the test of the intelligibility of any statement that overwhelms us with its air of profundity is its translatability into language that lacks the elevation and verve of the original statement but can pass muster as a simple and clear statement in ordinary, everyday speech." And this book is a good example of it; its vocabulary should be understood by children just out of grade-school. But this doesn't mean that its simplistic; it presents arguments whose power comes through the concepts used and humane reason (he gives a restricted list of 64 concepts on page 18). The best chapter is 21 on the dimensions of equality, and the most astute arguments are those that put limits on liberty and equality through the concept of justice. Its worthwhile to read, if only to get past the prolixity of some newer philosophers.

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