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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.

Liberal Catholic Thought Belief and Unbelief. by Michael Novak. Macmillan. 192 pp. $4.95. As world social movements, both Communism and Catholicism have undergone profound changes in recent years. With...

Last May, in observance of its fifteenth anniversary year, COMMENTARY invited Sidney Hook, H. Stuart Hughes, Hans J. Morgenthau, and C. P. Snow to participate...

In the realm of thought and culture America has largely been a colonial dependency of Europe. Its own authentic history—the conquest of a virgin continent,...

Many years ago in a discussion with Jacques Maritain he remarked that anyone who was as keenly interested in arguments for the existence of God...

Tokyo The modernization of Japan, with its great dangling balloons by day and dancing arabesques of neon lights at night, strikes the eye of the visitor...

Sidney Hook requires no introduction. This article represents the slightly amended text of the Horace Kallen lecture, which he recently delivered at the New School...

There is a root ambiguity in the word “liberal.” It is reflected in the fact that its opposite is in some contexts “illiberal,” which no...

Sense & Salvation by Sidney Hook The Outsider. By Colin Wilson. Houghton Mifflin. 288 pp. $4.00. There was a time when to convict a thinker of absurdity was...

Every attempt to use legal sanctions against the American Communist party has met with a storm of protest against the outlawing of “dissent.” But where...

“These words were written far from New York under the spell of the news about John Dewey’s death,” writes SIDNEY HOOK, recognized as one of...

Sidney Hook, philosopher and educator, here offers his proposal for meeting one of the most complex and crucial problems facing our schools today—how check the...

In the present struggle of ideas and ideologies which has created so much confusion among Americans of good will, many have felt the lack of...