A Preface to Morals Author:Walter Lippmann This book was originally published in 1929, and reprinted in 1957 and 1964. This is a 1964 edition published by Time Inc. — From the preface: — Walter Lippman is widely known as the eminent author of the syndicated newspaper column "Today and Tomorrow" which began in 1931. He first came into the public's view, however, before World War I as an im... more »posing young intellectual, plainly a man of genius, who raced through Harvard in three years, then remained to serve as a teaching assistant to Prof. George Santayana. He wrote the well-received book "A Preface to Politics" (which Theodore Roosevelt reviewed with admiration) and then went on to work for the Wilson Administration. During the war, while still less than 30, he helped to draft President Wilson's famous Fourteen Points program for postwar peace. In the 1920s his principal occupation was writing editorials for the New York World.
Critic Edmund Wilson hailed "Preface to Morals" with these words, "In style, it is a long way from the sometimes tiresome Chestertonisms of his early political books; and in thought, it shows a new competence, a new inspiration even, in fields where he has never before ventured. It is beautifully organized, beautifully clear; and it is both outspoken and persuasive in bringing news which has been uneasily awaited."
A "Preface to Morals" is still widely regarded as Lippmann's most important book, and is an eloquent expression of the philosophy of scientific humanism that structured his thinking.« less