Durkheim’s Call to Order

Emile Durkheim: His Life and Work

by Steven Lukes
One of the more curious features of sociology is the number of times that it has been founded. In the late nineteenth century both Max Weber in Germany and Emile Durkheim in France behaved as founding fathers of the new science, without taking any interest whatever in each other’s work.

Tell Me Where You Stand On Kronstadt

Kronstadt 1921

by Paul Avrich
Twenty miles to the west of Leningrad there is an island in the Gulf of Finland on which stands the naval base and city of Kronstadt. But Kronstadt is not only the name of a place; it is also a symbol of that moment when, in February and March, 1921, …

On Marcuse

At the end of One Dimensional Man Marcuse saw only one chance of revolutionary protest, and that was “nothing but a chance.” The chance was that “the substratum of the outcasts and outsiders, the exploited and persecuted of other races and other colors, the unemployed and unemployable” might turn to …

Made in U.S.A.

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences

edited by David Sills
The dangers of editing encyclopedias are not so great these days as they used to be. When Diderot brought out the first volumes of the Encyclopédie in 1751, he was continuously persecuted by clerical and political authorities: in 1752 the first two volumes were suppressed. In 1759 the license to …

Son of Ideology

The Concept of Ideology and Other Essays

by George Lichtheim
Mr. George Lichtheim’s brilliant new book cannot be read in isolation from his three earlier works, Marxism, Marxism in Modern France, and Europe and America. Taken together these four constitute what is arguably the most important contribution to political thinking in Britain or America in the last decades. Those professional …

Modern Times

An Introduction to Contemporary History

by Geoffrey Barraclough

Power and Human Destiny

by Herbert Rosinski
Historical optimism and pessimism can be equally sentimental. Until recently pessimism seemed to be, in this century, the more likely sentimentality. For the sentimental optimism of the last century, apparent in such writers as Macaulay and Mrs. Markham, was based upon an assumption which, it seemed, could scarcely survive the …

Irrational Man

Man and His Symbols

edited by C.G. Jung, with an Introduction by John Freeman

Outline of a Jungian Aesthetics

by Morris Philipson
One of the least remarked characteristics of the thought of C. G. Jung is its almost total lack of cultural context. The history of Jung’s affiliation to and break with Freud, as usually recounted, conveys a quite false sense of historical continuity. As the story is told, Freud is seen …

After Hegel

From Hegel to Nietzsche: The Revolution in Nineteenth-Century Thought

by Karl Lowith, translated by David E. Green
It is only when we read histories of philosophy of the highest order that the inadequacy of the history of philosophy as an intellectual enterprise comes home to us. For to write the history of philosophy apart from the rest of history is to suggest that philosophy is a self-contained …