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Abraham Edel


Abraham Edel

Abraham Edel (6 December 1908 – 22 June 2007) was a North American philosopher and ethicist. He was the younger brother of the North American literary critic and biographer Leon Edel, and the uncle of the composer Joel Mandelbaum. He was married three times; his first two wives were fellow academics and co-authors.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he grew up in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Edel attended McGill University, Oxford University and Columbia University. He taught at City College of New York for more than 40 years, and then held a research appointment at the University of Pennsylvania until his death. He was the recipient of numerous academic honors.

Selected bibliography

  • Ethical Judgment: The Use of Science in Ethics (1955)
  • Method in Ethical Theory (1963)
  • Anthropology and Ethics (1959) (with May Mandelbaum Edel)
  • Exploring Fact and Value (1980)
  • Analyzing Concepts in Social Science (1979)
  • The Struggle for Academic Democracy: Lessons from the 1938 "Revolution" in New York's City Colleges (1990)
  • Critique of Applied Ethics: Reflections and Recommendations (1994) (with Elizabeth Flower and Finbarr W. O'Connor)
  • Ethical Theory and Social Change (2001)

External links

  • Obituary at the CUNY Graduate Center
  • Obituary at the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
  • University of Pennsylvania faculty listing
  • Abraham Edel Papers, 1925-1974 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Special Collections Research Center

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