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Alexander Broadie

"Almost Always Polemical": Common Sense, Mortimer Adler, and Late Twentieth-Century Liberalism (Part IIIa)

Here the links for Part I and Part II of this series. Part I dealt with the politics of common sense, and Part II with Mortimer J. Adler’s attraction to the philosophy of common sense, especially in relation to moral and political philosophy. Even if you haven’t read the other two parts, today’s will stand on its own. Although I wanted today’s post to be the last, another will be necessary. My goal for this half of Part III (or IIIa) is to discuss the meanings of common sense _and_ its fate in philosophy before the 1960s. In next week’s Read more