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
See P. Kurtz, ed., Sidney Hook and the Contemporary World (1968).
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