Political Theory

Pitirim Sorokin and the Sociology of Liberty


This conference examined questions of liberty and responsibility through the autobiographical and scholarly writings of Pitirim Sorokin, who was an opponent of the Bolsheviks during the Russian Revolution and later in his life founded the sociology department at Harvard University. His writings deal with the cultural foundations of liberty, the relation of government to economy, the sexual revolution, altruism, and the danger of political power.


Conference Readings

Sorokin, Pitirim. Leaves From a Russian Diary. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1924.

Sorokin, Pitirim A. The Sociology of Revolution. New York: Howard Fertig, 1967.

Sorokin, Pitirim A. Social and Cultural Dynamics, Volume 3: Fluctuation of Social Relationships, War, and Revolution. New York: The Bedminster Press, 1962.

Sorokin, Pitirim A. Society, Culture, and Personality: Their Structure and Dynamics. New York: Cooper Square Publishers, Inc., 1962.

Sorokin, Pitirim A. The Crisis of Our Age: The Social and Cultural Outlook. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1946.

Sorokin, Pitirim A. The American Sex Revolution. Boston: Porter Sargent Publisher, 1956.

Sorokin, Pitirim A. The Reconstruction of Humanity. Boston: The Beacon Press, 1948.

Sorokin, Pitirim A. The Ways and Power of Love. Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1967.

Sorokin, Pitirim A. and Walter A. Lunden. Power and Morality: Who Shall Guard the Guardians? Boston: Porter Sargent Publisher, 1959.

Sorokin, Pitirim, and Carle C. Zimmerman. Principles of Rural-Urban Sociology. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1929.