The Faith of a Liberal: Selected Essays by Morris R. Cohen

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followed by a dead level of "happiness forever afterwards." To those who value life and activity even more than results, these periodic waves of enthusiasm are among the glories that redeem human life. Who knows but that the whole universe, with its rhythmic seasons of growth and decay, travails in similar pulses of hope and despair?


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FREEDOM: ITS MEANING

OF THE FORTY-ONE EMINENT MEN who have in this volume expressed their views on what freedom means to them, one is a mathematician, three are physicists, five are biologists, one is a former college president, two are literary men, two are anthropologists, five are economists or political scientists, two are historians, one is a professor of jurisprudence, and one is a former judge. The other eighteen are, or have been, professors of philosophy. Whatever the editorial instructions may have been, there was obviously no collaboration among the contributors. No one except Professor H. W. Schneider seems to have had any regard for what anyone else has written for this volume. The papers are grouped into five divisions: (1) Freedom Invades History; (2) Freedom for the Mind; (3) Freedom in the Body Politic; (4) Cultural Patterns for Freedom; (5) The Essence of Freedom. But these headings seem to have had little influence on the content of the contributions. Indeed, they are ignored by Professor Schneider who, under the heading "Epilogue: The Liberties of Man,"

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Published as a review of Freedom: Its Meaning, a symposium edited by Ruth Nanda Anshen, in The Harvard Law Review, Vol. 54, p 1424 ( June 1941).

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