NONTHEMATIC / Vol. 21, No. 1 (Spring 1954)
General Marshall's Nobel Prize address reprinted in full.
A summary of twelve research papers presented at the "Soviet Economic Growth" conference held in New York in 1952. The essay is primarily concerned with "those papers which include a forecast of future economic growth in the Soviet Union.
In the first part of this paper, I shall endeavour to analyze John Stuart Mill’s defense of liberty of thought. It will be shown that on the basis of his assumptions it is not possible to justify absolute and unlimited freedom of thought...in the second part of this paper, [I] make some suggestions toward a theory concerning the conditions of intellectual freedom in the modern world.
Berlin as it stands is the most important center of information about Easter Europe. ...By its very existence it prevents the Russification of East Germany. Therefore this town ought to be kept, and kept alive. Its morale and its economic situation should be improved--and not alone by the fight against unemployment through the restoration of its industry.
An overview of capitalism in the United States during three periods: 1895 to 1914, 1919-39 and 1945 to 1954. Concludes, "But the vital power of all civilizations and all economic systems some day declines and comes to an end. At what point will the free enterprise system definitely reach its old age?"
Neither Burkean conservatism nor Benthamite reformism, neither excessive reverence for the meta-rational past nor excessive enthusiasm for supra-rationalism of the future, but a sane and balanced appreciation of the interplay of reason and reality, of the is and ought, characterizes Brecht's political philosophy.
An overview of Brecht's achievements on the occasion of his 70th birthday. "No less impressive than the quantity of his work is the variety of the fields in which Arnold Brecht has distinguished himself as a scholar. His very first writings, going back practically to his student days, seemed to point to a career in the theory and practice of civil law.
Review of book by F. S. C. Northrop. New York: Macmillan. 1952. xii & 362 pp.
Review of book by Victor Kraft. New York: Philosophical Library. 1953. 209 pp.