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Corliss Lamont

(1902—1995)


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Corliss Lamont's fiercely independent thinking challenged prevailing ideas in philosophy, economics, religion, patriotism, world peace, and the exercise of our civil liberties. Born to Wall Street wealth, he championed the cause of the working class, while derided as a “socialist” and a “traitor to his class.” His humanist belief that earthlings have evolved without supernatural intervention and are responsible for their own survival and well-being on this planet caused traditionalists to label him a “godless atheist.” His insistence that the United States maintain a productive relationship with the Soviet Union in the face of prevailing anti-communist hysteria earned him the accusation by Senator Joseph McCarthy of being “un-American.”

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From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.

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