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Felix Adler (1851-1933) was the founder of the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

"Dr. Felix Adler (1851-1933) was the Founder of the Ethical Culture movement. Adler earned his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in 1870.... Adler taught Hebrew and Oriental languages at Cornell University. His outspoken attitude and his convictions drew the criticism that he was "dangerous" to his students, and he relinquished the professorship in 1876. That same year, at the age of 24, Adler founded the New York Society for Ethical Culture. His lectures before the Society on Sundays were well known and attended, and were routinely reported on in the New York Times. Adler's belief in deed above creed led the Society to foster projects that focused on the poor and underserved in the community. In 1902 Adler was given the chair of political and social ethics at Columbia University which he held until his death in 1933.... Throughout his life he always looked beyond the immediate concerns of family, labor, and race to the long-term challenge of reconstructing institutions like schools and government to promote greater justice in human relations. Within Adler's ethical philosophy, cooperation rather than competition remained the higher social value."


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