© 1988

Philosophy, History and Social Action

Essays in Honor of Lewis Feuer with an autobiographic essay by Lewis Feuer

  • Sidney Hook
  • William L. O’Neill
  • Roger O’Toole

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 107)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Lewis S. Feuer
    Pages 1-85
  3. Sidney Hook, William L. O’Neill, Roger O’Toole
    Pages 87-101
  4. William J. Baumol
    Pages 103-117
  5. Abraham Edel
    Pages 157-172
  6. Charles Hanly
    Pages 221-234
  7. Sidney Hook
    Pages 235-243
  8. Milton R. Konvitz
    Pages 267-274
  9. Paul Kurtz
    Pages 275-295
  10. Thelma Z. Lavine
    Pages 297-311
  11. George S. N. Luckyj
    Pages 313-321
  12. Czeslaw Milosz
    Pages 323-324
  13. Roger O’Toole
    Pages 325-348
  14. Sidney Ratner
    Pages 373-390

About this book


Two articles by Lewis Feuer caught my attention in the '40s when 1 was wondering, asa student physicist, about the relations of physics to philosophy and to the world in turmoil. One was his essay on 'The Development of Logical Empiricism' (1941), and the other his critical review of Philipp Frank's biography of Einstein, 'Philosophy and the Theory of Relativity' (1947). How extraordinary it was to find so intelligent, independent, critical, and humane a mind; and furthermore he went further, as I soon realized when I looked for his name on other publications. I recall arguing with myself over his exploration of 'Indeterminacy and Economic Development' (1948), and even more when I read his 'Dialectical Materialism and Soviet Science' (1949). More papers, and then the fascinating, sometimes irritating, always insightful, books. His monograph on Psychoanalysis and Ethics 1955, the beautiful sociological and humanist study of Spinoza and the Rise of Liberalism (1958), his essays on 'The Social Roots of Einstein's Theory of Relativity' (1971) together with the book on Einstein and the Genera­ tions of Science (1974), the splendid reader from the works of Marx and Engels, Basic Writings on Politics and Philosophy (1959) which was a major text of the '60s, the stimulating essays on the social formation which seems to have been required for a modern scientific movement to develop, set forth most convincingly in The Scientific Intellectual (1963).


English Judaism Karl Marx Modernism Polis Spinoza Third World concept indeterminacy marxism materialism nature psychoanalysis theory of relativity writing

Editors and affiliations

  • Sidney Hook
    • 1
    • 2
  • William L. O’Neill
    • 3
  • Roger O’Toole
    • 4
  1. 1.Dept. of PhilosophyNew York UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Hoover InstitutionUSA
  3. 3.Dept. of HistoryRutgers UniversityUSA
  4. 4.Dept. of SociologyUniversity of TorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Philosophy, History and Social Action
  • Book Subtitle Essays in Honor of Lewis Feuer with an autobiographic essay by Lewis Feuer
  • Editors S. Hook
    W. O'Neill
    R. O'Toole
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-2644-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-7793-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-2873-2
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 496
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
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