Autumn 1944 • Vol. VI No. 4 Book Reviews |

Diagnosis without Therapy

Diagnosis of our Time by Karl Mannheim. Oxford. $3.00. Dr. Mannheim has favorably impressed John Dewey, T. S. Eliot, and an army of academic sociologists. He has become, so to speak, the real root that satisfies apparently inconsistent equations. His Man and Society in an Age of Reconstruction was very well received in this country and England; his Ideology and Utopia is responsible for much of the current interest in Wissensoziologie, and has almost single-handedly converted "ideology" into a respectable word. His audience is large, and has, in statistical terminology, considerable spread. The reasons for this power to please would, no doubt, make good material for a careful critic, but here we need only remark that he combines what is rare in American sociology: a taste for philosophy and history, and a genuine interest in moral questions. In this volume—a collection of seven essays written for different occasions—Mannheim presents himself as a social doctor. The kind of me

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