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The Modern Distemper

How soundly based, how deeply thought, is the pessimism of our intellectuals? Mr. Frank, author of “The Re-discovery of America,” examines Joseph Wood Krutch’s “The Modern Temper,” which attempts to set down the view of the universe held by a critical, “modern” American. Mr. Frank analyzes the philosophic bases and the logic of Mr. Krutch’s views on God, love, truth, science, art and the good life, and comes to some provocative conclusions.