Ten Philosophical Mistakes: Basic Errors in Modern Thought—How They Came about, Their Consequences, and How to Avoid Them Audiobook, by Mortimer J. Adler Play Audiobook Sample

Ten Philosophical Mistakes: Basic Errors in Modern Thought—How They Came about, Their Consequences, and How to Avoid Them Audiobook

Ten Philosophical Mistakes: Basic Errors in Modern Thought—How They Came about, Their Consequences, and How to Avoid Them Audiobook, by Mortimer J. Adler Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481556415

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Total Audiobook Chapters:

13

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47:20 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

01:22 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

25:40 minutes

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In this delightfully lucid and accessible book, America’s foremost philosopher, Mortimer J. Adler, explores ten 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.”

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“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 

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  • “A provocative look at the errors of modern thought by America’s ‘philosopher for everyman.’” 

    — Time
  • “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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About Mortimer J. Adler

Mortimer J. Adler (1902–2001), an American philosopher, educator, and popular author, served as the chairman of Encyclopaedia Britannica’s board of editors, was the founder and director of the Institute for Philosophical Research, and was an honorary trustee and founder of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies. He authored the well-known How to Read a Book and the intellectual autobiography Philosopher at Large and was coeditor, with Charles Van Doren, of Great Treasury of Western Thought, declared the Reference Book of 1977 by the American Library Association.

About Simon Vance

David Suchet, famed as TV’s Hercule Poirot, has starred with the RSC, on London’s West End and on Broadway, winning four Olivier nominations and a Tony® nomination. He has starred in numerous films and is director of the Old Vic Theatre, and a member of the Trust Council of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.