Sidney Hook

Sidney Hook, 1902–89, American philosopher, b. New York City, grad. City College (B.S., 1923), Ph.D. Columbia Univ., 1927. He taught at New York Univ. (1927–72) and was long head of its philosophy department (1948–69). Originally a Marxist, he wrote The Meaning of Marx (1934) and From Hegel to Marx (1936). Hook later became disenchanted with Marxism and became active in anti-Communist causes. His opinions on American life were expressed in such works as Heresy Yes, Conspiracy No (1953), Common Sense and the Fifth Amendment (1957), The Place of Religion in a Free Society (1968), and Academic Freedom and Academic Anarchy (1970).

See P. Kurtz, ed., Sidney Hook and the Contemporary World (1968).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Sidney Hook: Philosopher of Democracy and Humanism
Paul Kurtz.
Prometheus Books, 1983
Marx and the Marxists: The Ambiguous Legacy
Sidney Hook; Louis L. Snyder.
Van Nostrand, 1955
The Hero in History: A Study in Limitation and Possibility
Sidney Hook.
John Day, 1943
Education for Modern Man
Sidney Hook.
The Dial Press, 1946
Pragmatism and the Tragic Sense of Life
Sidney Hook.
Basic Books, 1974
Political Power and Personal Freedom: Critical Studies in Democracy, Communism, and Civil Rights
Sidney Hook.
Criterion Books, 1959
Philosophy and Public Policy
Sidney Hook.
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 1980
Common Sense and the Fifth Amendment
Sidney Hook.
Criterion Books, 1957
Convictions
Sidney Hook.
Prometheus Books, 1990
Important Nonsense
Lionel Abel.
Prometheus Books, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Sidney Hook: The Philosopher in Politics" begins on p. 99
Critiques of God: Making the Case against Belief in God
Peter A. Angeles.
Prometheus Books, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Modern Knowledge and the Concept of God" by Sidney Hook begins on p. 21
Letters of Sidney Hook: Democracy, Communism, and the Cold War
Edward S. Shapiro.
M. E. Sharpe, 1995
Philosophic Thought in France and the United States: Essays Representing Major Trends in Contemporary French and American Philosophy
Marvin Farber.
University of Buffalo Publications in Philosophy, 1950
Librarian’s tip: "The Place of John Dewey in Modern Thought" by Sidney Hook begins on p. 483
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