The Meaning of Human History

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"IT is not well to give an affirmative answer without examining the meaning of the question and making some necessary distinctions." Such prudence in dealing with vague concepts of the meaning of human history, with the numerous alleged 'laws' and explanations of the growth of human society, was very much in the character of the late Morris Cohen's writing. Lucid, careful in distinguishing, ready to postpone acceptance of a solution of a problem if it had no more to commend itself than that it solved part of the problem, these were the intellectual merits manifested in all his writing ; and they are manifested in these posthumously published Carus Lectures.

The Meaning of Human History

By Morris R. Cohen (Paul Carus Lectures, Sixth Series, 1944.) Pp. ix+304. (La Salle, Ill.: Open Court Publishing Company, 1947.) 4 dollars.

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BROGAN, D. The Meaning of Human History. Nature 163, 744 (1949) doi:10.1038/163744a0

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