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Adler, Felix

Born: 1851 AD
Died: 1933 AD, at 81 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Educators, Social Reformer


1851 - Felix Adler was born in Alzey, Germany on August 13, 1851.


1856 - Immigrated in United States with his family.


1870 - Graduated in Columbia University.


1873 - Returned to America and became a professor of Hebrew and Oriental Literature at Cornell University. Adler also delivered his first and only address to the Temple Emanu-El which proposed ridding the religion of its superstitious traditions called "The Judaism of the Future".


1876 - Founded the New York Society for Ethical Culture.


1891 - Founded the Summer School of Applied Ethics.


1902 - Adler was appointed as a professor of political and social ethics at Columbia University.


1904 - Became the founding chairman of the National Child Labor Committee.


1917 - Served the Civil Liberties Bureau and became the American Civil Liberties Bureau and the American Cilvil Liberties Union.


1928 - Became the president of the Eastern division of the American Philosophical Association and launched the Fieldston School.


1878 - Published the "Creed and Deed".


1885 - Created the Tenement House Building Company.


1892 - Published the "Moral Instruction of Children".


1905 - Published the "Life and Destiny".


1906 - Published the "The Religion of Duty".


1908 - Published the "Essentials of Spirituality".


1918 - Published the "An Ethical Philosophy of LIfe".


1925 - Published the "The Reconstruction of the Spiritual Ideal".


1933 - Died in New York Cuty on April 24, 1933.


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  • "The unique personality which is the real life in me, I can not gain unless I search for the real life, the spiritual quality, in others. I am myself spiritually dead unless I reach out to the fine quality dormant in others. For it is only with the god enthroned in the innermost shrine of the other, that the god hidden in me, will consent to appear."
  • "The conception of worth, that each person is an end per se, is not a mere abstraction. Our interest in it is not merely academic.

    Every outcry against the oppression of some people by other people, or against what is morally hideous is the affirmation of the principle that a human being as such is not to be violated.

    A human being is not to be handled as a tool but is to [be] respected and revered."

  • "Ethical religion can be real only to those who are engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement.

    By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement, without limit."