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A.J. Ayer

"Almost Always Polemical": Common Sense, Mortimer Adler, and Late Twentieth-Century Liberalism (Part IIIb–The End!)

Two notes: (1) Prior entries to this series include Part I, Part II, and Part IIIa. (2) This is a long post. I could split it into another series entry, but I would like to receive feedback on the whole narrative below—which has a certain coherence I prefer not to disturb.————————————————————————– My last entry in this four-part series included a close examination the various definitions of common sense, a historical look at Scottish common sense philosophy, and an examination of the twentieth-century’s “ordinary language” philosophical school. In concluding that study I wrote that it made “Adler’s advocacy for common sense Read more