Sidney Hook on Pragmatism, Democracy, and Freedom: The Essential Essays (Hardcover)

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Sidney Hook on Pragmatism, Democracy, and Freedom: The Essential Essays By Sidney Hook, Robert B. Talisse (Editor), Robert Tempio (Editor), Alan Ryan (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Sidney Hook, Robert B. Talisse (Editor), Robert Tempio (Editor), Alan Ryan (Foreword by)


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 defense 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 disconfirmed 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.

About the Author

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.

Robert Talisse (Nashville, TN) is assistant professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of On Dewey and co-editor of Dewey's Logical Theory.

Robert Tempio (New York, NY) works in the editorial division of Oxford University Press and is a graduate student in philosophy at the City University of New York.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781591020226
ISBN-10: 1591020220
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication Date: October 1st, 2002
Pages: 420
Language: English