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    Sidney Hook on Pragmatism, Democracy, and Freedom The Essential Essays

    ISBN-10: 1591020220
    ISBN-13: 9781591020226
    Author(s): Robert B. Talisse, Robert Tempio, Alan Ryan
    Description: Sidney Hook is arguably America's most controversial intellectual. After beginning his career as this nation's foremost Marxist scholar, he became in the late 1930s the leading anticommunist intellectual and defender of freedom against all forms of  More...
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    Publisher: Prometheus Books, Publishers
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 420
    Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
    Weight: 1.540
    Language: English

    Sidney Hook is arguably America's most controversial intellectual. After beginning his career as this nation's foremost Marxist scholar, he became in the late 1930s the leading anticommunist intellectual and defender of freedom against all forms of totalitarianism. This volume collects twenty-five of Hook's most incisive essays in political philosophy. Clustered into five main sections, the essays discuss pragmatism and naturalism, Marx and Marxism, Democratic theory and practice, and the defence of a free society. In an insightful introduction, editors Talisse and Tempio argue that underlying the wide range of subjects covered by Hook was his unwavering commitment to the "method of intelligence," which contends that any proposal, whether scientific, moral, or political, must be treated as a hypothesis to be confirmed or unconfirmed by the experimental evidence and deliberation of an unfettered community of inquiry. The editors place this methodology at the core of all of Hook's philosophical and political work. This excellent collection makes a superb introduction to the thought of a leading intellectual who for too long has been neglected by mainstream American philosophy.

    Foreword
    Editors' Introduction: The Legacy of Sidney Hook
    Philosophical Contexts: Pragmatism and Naturalism
    Experimental Naturalism
    Naturalism and First Principles
    Pragmatism and the Tragic Sense of Life
    The Place of Reason in an Age of Conflict
    Studies in Marx and Marxism
    Communism without Dogmas
    What Is Living and Dead in Marxism
    Karl Marx versus the Communist Movement
    The Cult of Revolution
    Democratic Theory
    Naturalism and Democracy
    The Philosophical Heritage of the Atlantic Democracies
    Conflicts in Ways of Belief
    The Democratic Way of Life
    The Ethics of Controversy
    The Degradation of the Word
    Democratic Practice
    Democracy and Social Protest: Neither Blind Obedience nor Uncivil Disobedience
    Are There Limits to Freedom of Expression?
    The War against the Democratic Process
    Education and Creative Intelligence
    A Critique of Conservatism
    In Defense of a Free Society
    Education in Defense of a Free Society
    The Principles and Problems of Academic Freedom
    In Defense of the Cold War: Neither Red nor Dead
    Human Rights and Social Justice
    Toward Greater Equality
    The Intellectual in America

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