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From the Editor: A Magazine and Its Mission

- Abstract

In the inaugural issue of this magazine, which was published in November 1945, its founder and editor, Elliot E. Cohen, offered a masterful summary of the role an intellectual journal can play in a free society. “In the search for light on the basic issues of peace and freedom and human destiny which challenge all mankind,” he wrote, “COMMENTARY hopes to be of service.” He continued:

It goes without saying that the best magazine in the world will not solve our problems. But we have faith that a good magazine can help—by fairness, by searching out the truth, by encouraging fresh and free-ranging thinking, by bringing to bear upon our problems the resources of science, philosophy, religion, and the arts, by seeking out authentic voices and giving them the open-house in which to be heard.



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