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The Time of Our Lives: The Ethics of Common Sense
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0823216705, Paperback)Is it a good time to be alive? Is ours a good society to be alive in? Is it possible to have a good life in our time? And finally, does a good life consist of having a good time? Are happiness and a good lifeinterchangeable? These are the questions that Mortimer Adler addresses himself to. The heart of the book lies in its conception of the good life for man, which provides the standard for measuring a century, a society, or a culture: for upon that turns the meaning of each man's primary moral right - his right to the pursuit of happiness. The moral philosophy that Dr. Adler expounds in terms of this conception he calls the ethics of common sense,because it is as a defense and development of the common-sense answer to the question can I really make a good life for myself?
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This book, first published in 1970 but based on lectures from the late '60s, seems like nothing else produced in that chaotic era of American culture. Its author, Mortimer J. Adler, would be not surprised by that observation, but would, in fact, be pleased. The student protests of that generation, the cultural upheaval, the cynicism bred by an unpopular war remain only at the fringes of Adler's reflections. Adler's time frame is far too long to tailor his thinking to the preoccupations of a single generation.
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