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Kallen, Horace Meyerlocked

(11 August 1882–16 February 1974)
  • Deborah Dash Moore

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Kallen, Horace Meyer (11 August 1882–16 February 1974), philosopher and educator, was born in Berenstadt, Germany, the son of Jacob David Kallen, a rabbi and Hebrew scholar, and Esther Rebecca Glazier. Born in Latvia, his father brought the family to the United States in 1888. Kallen grew up in Boston, attended public schools, then worked in settlement houses while he studied at Harvard University, graduating in 1903 with a B.A. As a young man he suffered anxieties of identity and loyalty typical of immigrant intellectuals caught between parental provincialism and modern cosmopolitanism. Kallen was ready to jettison his Jewish identity when his English professor Barrett Wendell’s enthusiasm for the Old Testament and “the role of Hebraic tradition in the development of the American character” changed his mind. A subsequent meeting with ...

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