From the Publisher
"I strongly urge everyone to read this volume of essays. . ." The Educational Forum
"Convictions may indeed be interpreted as Sidney Hook's final outlook on the possibilities of a self-determined, dignified, and rational human life, or liberal education, and of a free and intelligently organized society. . . .[it] will be appreciated by anybody with an interest in contemporary social and political philosophy." Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy newsletter
"Highly recommended." Library Journal
". . . the collection stands as an accessible and highly readable record of the personal convictions of one of America's most notable social philosophers."
American Journal of Theology and Philosophy
"His latest collection shows him to have been to the very end a nonpareil marshaler of arguments, as well as an exemplary figure in American intellectual life." Washington Post
...a nonpareil marshaler of arguments, as well as an exemplary figure in American intellectual life.
This posthumous collection of essays captures as well as anything Hook's remarkable ability to examine principles in their concrete contexts. Hook believed not only that critical intelligence can expose fuzzy concepts and intellectual sham but that it enables us to break the hold of habitual thought and to envisage and appraise new possibilities and their consequences. The book includes essays on suicide, euthanasia, and death; liberal education, academic freedom, and Western culture; and on the views of influential academics, some of whom debate with Hook. Whatever subject he addresses, his clarity, rigor, and perspective exemplify the highest intellectual standard that can be brought to the discussion of these issues. Reading this book with an open mind cannot but clarify our own beliefs about them, whether or not we come to agree with Hook. Highly recommended.-- Robert Hoffman, York Coll., CUNY