Lewis Mumford review of “The Reconstruction of Humanity”

 

 

Lewis Mumford review of ‘The Reconstruction of Humanity’ – J of Religion, Oct 1949

 

 

Posted here as a PDF file (above) is a review by Lewis Mumford of The Reconstruction of Humanity by Pitirim A. Sorokin in:

The Journal of Religion

Vol. 29, No. 4 (October, 1949)

 

 

It is interesting that the review is by a non-academic. A very well known one. Note, for example, Mumford’s statement: “The present book has the virtues and defects of Professor Sorokin’s earlier works–both in great abundance. Like his greatest rival, Arnold Toynbee, he is a scholar who carries on his shoulders a tremendous burden of scholarly research, but … his thought is sometimes confused, rather than clarified, by his very erudition.

 

 

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Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) was an American historian, sociologist, philosopher of technology, and literary critic.

 

 

— Roger W. Smith

March 2018

Author: Roger W. Smith

Roger W. Smith is a writer and independent scholar based in New York City. His experience includes freelance writing and editing, business writing, book reviewing, and the teaching of writing and literature as an adjunct professor. Mr. Smith's interests include personal essays and opinion pieces; American and world literature; culture, especially books and reading; classical music; current issues that involve social, moral, and philosophical views; and experiences of daily living from a ground level perspective. Besides (1) rogersgleanings.com, a personal site, he also hosts websites devoted to (2) the author Theodore Dreiser and (3) to the sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin.

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