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SOROKIN, PITIRIM A. The Reconstruction of Humanity. Pp. xii, 247. Boston: The Beacon Press, 1948. $3.00

Book DepartmentSOROKIN, PITIRIM A. The Reconstruction of Humanity. Pp. xii, 247. Boston: The Beacon Press, 1948. $3.00 SAGE Publications, Inc.1948DOI: 10.1177/000271624825900135 Robert Rockafellow Rhode Island State College One of Jules Romains' Men of Good Will was made to ask, "What must we have to keep us safe from fear?" This book by the eminent Harvard sociologist answers this question by asserting that we must have the altruism of an ideational culture. Our sensate culture must be replaced. This war-wounded world craves peace. The old cures have all failed: political cures like the League of Nations and Pax Romana, economic cures such as capitalism and socialism, and other cures whether educational or scientific or denominational. Some fifty pages in the controversial Part One is devoted to the exposure of "quack cures for war and impotent plans for peace." Professor Sorokin states in his Preface: "Though each of its [the book's] main statements can be backed by a vast body of evidence, most of this together with the large array of relevant literature is omitted, so as to make the book available to intelligent lay readers." The remainder is given over to the theme of altruism. After Part II deals http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science SAGE

SOROKIN, PITIRIM A. The Reconstruction of Humanity. Pp. xii, 247. Boston: The Beacon Press, 1948. $3.00

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Book DepartmentSOROKIN, PITIRIM A. The Reconstruction of Humanity. Pp. xii, 247. Boston: The Beacon Press, 1948. $3.00 SAGE Publications, Inc.1948DOI: 10.1177/000271624825900135 Robert Rockafellow Rhode Island State College One of Jules Romains' Men of Good Will was made to ask, "What must we have to keep us safe from fear?" This book by the eminent Harvard sociologist answers this question by asserting that we must have the altruism of an ideational culture. Our sensate culture must be replaced. This war-wounded world craves peace. The old cures have all failed: political cures like the League of Nations and Pax Romana, economic cures such as capitalism and socialism, and other cures whether educational or scientific or denominational. Some fifty pages in the controversial Part One is devoted to the exposure of "quack cures for war and impotent plans for peace." Professor Sorokin states in his Preface: "Though each of its [the book's] main statements can be backed by a vast body of evidence, most of this together with the large array of relevant literature is omitted, so as to make the book available to intelligent lay readers." The remainder is given over to the theme of altruism. After Part II deals
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