Sidney Hook review of Sorokin, “Society, Culture and Personality”


Sidney Hook review of ‘Society, Culture & Personality’ – NY Times 8-17-1947


Posted here as a PDF file (above) is review of Society, Culture and Personality by Pitirim A. Sorokin:

“Man’s Destiny: A Scientific View”

(review of Society, Culture, and Personality)

By Sidney Hook

The New York Times

August 17, 1947

The review is a harsh,  biting attack on Sorokin’s scholarship and views.



Sidney Hook (1902-1989) was an American philosopher known for his contributions to the philosophy of history, the philosophy of education, political theory, and ethics. After embracing Communism in his youth, Hook was later known for his criticisms of totalitarianism, both fascism, and Marxism-Leninism.


— Roger W. Smith

     March 2018