Originally published in 1942 this book brings together contribution from some of the finest thinkers and philosophers of the 20th century such as Boas, Croce, Einstein, Haldane, Mann, and Russell. The volume discusses the problem of Freedom from diverse points of view and offers a synthesis of issues and conclusions relating to freedom as a basis for action with a view to try and fill the gaps existent in the study of the nature of Man.
1. Prologue: Origin and Aim Ruth Nanda Anshen 2. Freedom in Political Thought Charles A. Beard 3. Freedom and Obligation Henri Bernstein 4. The Balance of Progress of Freedom in History Felix Bernstein 5. Liberty Among Primitive People Franz Boas 6. The Roots of Liberty Benedetto Croce 7. The Problem of Freedom John Dewey 8. Freedom and Science Albert Einstein 9. A Comparative Study of Freedom J. B. S. Haldane 10. The Contemporary Challenge to Freedom of Thought Lancelot Hogben 11. Freedom for Education Frank Kingdom 12. Nationalism and the Future of Civilization Harold J. Laski 13. Freedom in the Personal Nexus John Macmurray 14. Freedom and Equality Thomas Mann 15. The Conquest of Freedom Jacques Maritain 16. Freedom and Government Bertrand Russell 17. Democracy Reconsidered Gaetano Salvemini 18. Was Liberty Invented? Vilhjalmur Stefansson 18. The Genetic Basis for Democracy and Freedom Henry A. Wallace 19. Aspects of Freedom Alfred North Whitehead