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Sidney Hook

Sidney Hook

Sidney Hook (1902–1987) was one of the leading American philosophers of the 20th century and a central figure among those on the left who became disenchanted with the Communist views of their youth and spent much of their lives fighting it instead. Ernest B. Hook is professor emeritus, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. He wishes to thank the Hoover Institution and its archivists and librarians, especially Dale Reed, for their assistance.

Although Sidney Hook wrote hundreds of books and articles in the course of his great career as a philosopher and political controversialist, he devoted relatively...

As we approach the bicentenary of the American Constitution, it seems to me fitting and fruitful to explore two related themes in the intellectual legacy...

More than any other series of events abroad, the Moscow Trials of 1936-37 were a turning point in the history of American liberalism. They were...

W.H. Auden, who was one of the important figures in giving a revolutionary tone and orientation to the 1930’s, characterized it, after it was over,...

The correspondence on Norman Podhoretz’s “J’Accuse” [September] has been so heavy that we have borrowed the space normally devoted to book reviews in order to...

I don’t write on physics: why do you write on politics? Max Nomad to Albert Einstein Had Albert Einstein been an ordinary mortal or even an ordinary...

Marx for All Seasons Marxism: For and Against. by Robert L. Heilbroner. Norton. 186 pp. $9.95. This is an intriguing title: it arouses expectations of a judicious and balanced...

Isaiah Berlin’s third volume of collected essays, Against the Current,1 falls within the area of historical sociology This is the last of the twelve divisions...

Home Truths Eleanor Marx. Volume I: Family Life, 1855-1883; Volume II: The Crowded Years, 1884-1898. by Yvonne Kapp. Pantheon. Vol. I: 319 pp. $10.00; Vol. II: 775 pp....

With certain issues raised by the presidential elections—but also with a broader context—in mind, COMMENTARY recently addressed the following questions to a group of American...

The publication of three books on Bertrand Russell1—one by his second wife, one by their daughter, and one by an admiring but honest biographer—hard on...