Irwin Edman was born on 28 November 1896 in New York City. His academic training took place entirely at Columbia University; he received his BA in 1917 and his PhD in philosophy in 1920. Edman was exposed to American pragmatism and naturalism during his education at Columbia, studying with John Dewey and befriending George Santayana. He was then invited to join the faculty at Columbia, and was professor of philosophy from 1920 until his death on 4 September 1954 in New York City.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.