THE USES OF PHILOSOPHY by Charles- Ed. Frankel


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This book is a compendium of selections from the writings of Irwin Edman, the popular professor of philosophy at Columbia University who died recently at the age of 58. The volume, a labor of love, is prefaced by a chapter of encomium on Professor Edman's attractive amiability. Whether Edman was really a philosopher, or only a gifted commentator on other philosophers, there is no doubt that he was debonair, witty and courteous, a true humanist in the best sense of the word, and immensely loved by his pupils and friends. His philosophical leanings were toward a sort of common-sense naturalism, and this book brings together the best of his writings in all their lucidity. A minor chapter in the history of philosophy, this is a charming memorial to a charming personality.

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 1955
Publisher: Simon & Schuster