Convictions

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Prometheus Books, 1990 - Philosophy - 310 pages
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Challenges liberals and conservatives alike, as Hook pierces to the heart of momentous issues: human rights, racial equality, cultural freedom, and the separation of ethical behavior from religious belief.I strongly urge everyone to read this volume of essays. . . -The Educational ForumConvictions may indeed be interpreted as Sidney Hook's final outlook on the possibilities of a self-determined, dignified, and rational human life, or liberal education, and of a free and intelligently organized society. . . .[it] will be appreciated by anybody with an interest in contemporary social and political philosophy. -Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy newsletterHighly recommended. -Library Journal. . . the collection stands as an accessible and highly readable record of the personal convictions of one of America's most notable social philosophers. -American Journal of Theology and PhilosophyHis latest collection shows him to have been to the very end a nonpareil marshaler of arguments, as well as an exemplary figure in American intellectual life. -Washington PostSidney Hook (1902-1989) was professor emeritus at New York University and a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Among his many books are Convictions; Paradoxes of Freedom; The Quest for Being; Reason, Social Myths, and Democracy; and an autobiography, Out of Step: An Unquiet Life in the 20th Century.
 

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This posthumous collection of essays captures as well as anything Hook's remarkable ability to examine principles in their concrete contexts. Hook believed not only that critical intelligence can ... Read full review

Contents

IN DEFENSE OF WESTERN CULTURE
10
Introduction by Paul Kurtz
13
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99
A Noble Failure
117
POLITICAL AND POLEMICAL
193
Howard Zinn
217
Rejoinder to Howard Zinn
250
From the Platitudinous to the Absurd
268
McCarthyism and Communism
276
133
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Sidney Hook (1902-1989) was professor emeritus at New York University and a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Among his many books are Convictions; Paradoxes of Freedom; The Quest for Being; Reason, Social Myths, and Democracy; and an autobiography, Out of Step: An Unquiet Life in the 20th Century.

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