Philosophy and Public PolicyeBook - 1980
LikeJohn Dewey, his mentor and friend, Sidney Hook shares the classic concep-tion of philosophy as the pursuit of wis-dom. A philosopher is concerned ulti-mately with the conception of the good life in a good society. In these essays extending over many years, Hook illustrates the activity of the philosopher in the cave of social life. He brings to bear the tools of reflective analysis on dominant social and political issues: human rights; the role of personality and leadership in history; the attempt to defend freedom as we seek to preserve and extend the welfare state; and a criticism of the common premise of historical materialism shared by both Marxists and their opponents. Most significantly, Hook addresses the relation between morality and reli-gion and the place of religion in demo-cratic society. A secular and naturalistic humanism, he contends, generates an authentic, reliable commitment to the""democratic faith.
Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, , ©1980
Branch Call Number: 323.4 Ho
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 288 pages)