PHILOSOPHY AND PUBLIC POLICY by Sidney Hook
Southern Illinois University
288 pages; $17.50
In his seminars at New York University, Professor Sidney Hook often asked students to define Bertrand Russell's beliefs. But no one could trap the gadfly who advocated the nuclear destruction of the U.S.S.R., the condemnation of U.S. imperialism, the adoption of idealism, rationalism or realism. Concluded the professor: "Next time anyone asks you, 'What is Bertrand Russell's philosophy?,' the correct answer is, 'What year, please?' "
When future seminars address themselves to Sidney Hook's work, the correct response will require only...