Death of Felix Adler, Philosopher and Founder of Ethical Culture Movement

Death of Felix Adler, Philosopher and Founder of Ethical Culture Movement

Felix Adler, c. 1920

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Felix Adler, founder of the Ethical Culture movement, dies in New York City.

One of the foremost philosophers involved with applied ethics and the effort of people to live moral lives, Felix Adler began from the very basic Kantian premise that each and every person has moral worth and is deserving of both dignity and respect.

Adler argued that everyone should act in a way that accords with an ideal of "self-actualization" and is compatible with the social nature of human beings. In a sense then Adler was, like Immanuel Kant, a moral perfectionist: each action is measured against a standard of perfection which he summed up as "Act so as to elicit the best in others and thereby in thyself."

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