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Theodore Burghard Hurt Brameld

(1904—1987)


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Theodore Brameldwas born on 20 January 1904 in Neillsville, Wisconsin. He received his BA from Ripon College in 1926 and his PhD in philosophy at the University of Chicago in 1931. His dissertation was on “The Role of Acquiescence in Leninism.” The study of political theory and education under T. V. Smith at Chicago led him toward a democratic socialism similar to that of John Dewey. Brameld taught philosophy at Long Island University from 1931 to 1935 and at Adelphi College in 1935–9. He then went to the University of Minnesota for a position in educational philosophy, where he participated in a high school's education reform which was mistakenly branded as communistic, and he was forced out of his job. Brameld left Minnesota in 1947 to become a professor of educational philosophy at New York University, where he stayed until 1958. Finally, he was a professor at Boston University until his retirement in 1969. He participated in an experimental college at the University of Hawaii in the early 1970s, and continued to actively lecture and publish books. Brameld died on 18 October 1987 in Durham, North Carolina.

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From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.

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