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Lamont, Corliss (28 March 1902–26 April 1995), writer and philosopher, was born in Englewood, New Jersey, the son of Thomas Lamont, chairman of the Morgan Bank on Wall Street, and Florence Corliss Lamont. Young Lamont enjoyed a privileged upbringing. After attending local schools, he enrolled in Phillips Exeter Academy in Massachusetts and then Harvard, where he earned a BA in 1924, graduating with high honors and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. After a year of study at Oxford University, he enrolled at Columbia as a doctoral student in philosophy. As a graduate student he taught classes in philosophy at Columbia beginning in 1928. That year he married Margaret H. Irish, a writer. They had four children before they divorced in the early 1960s....