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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Sidney Hook: Selected full-text books and articles

Marx and the Marxists: The Ambiguous Legacy By Sidney Hook; Louis L. Snyder Van Nostrand, 1955
Education for Modern Man By Sidney Hook The Dial Press, 1946
Philosophy and Public Policy By Sidney Hook Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 1980
Common Sense and the Fifth Amendment By Sidney Hook Criterion Books, 1957
Convictions By Sidney Hook Prometheus Books, 1990
Important Nonsense By 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 By Peter A. Angeles Prometheus Books, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Modern Knowledge and the Concept of God" by Sidney Hook begins on p. 21
Philosophic Thought in France and the United States: Essays Representing Major Trends in Contemporary French and American Philosophy By 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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