Books: Manhattan Philosopher

PHILOSOPHER'S HOLIDAY—Irwin Edman—Viking ($2.75)

Irwin Edman was 21 when he began teaching philosophy at Columbia University. On the campus one day shortly afterwards he met his old professor, Felix Adler. "What are you doing now?" inquired the professor. "Teaching," said Edman. "Teaching what?" "Philosophy," said Edman. The old man patted the open-faced, blond youth on the back. "How cute!" he said.

At 38, Edman was made a full Professor of Philosophy. Now 41, and one of Columbia's most popular professors, he is also credited, through his writings, with an increased attendance in philosophy courses at...

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