Charles Frankel

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Charles Frankel (December 13, 1917 – May 10, 1979) was an American philosopher.

Born in to a Jewish family in New York City, he was the son of Abraham Philip and Estelle Edith (Cohen) Frankel. He married Helen Beatrice Lehman on August 17, 1941. Together they had two children, Susan and Carl.

Frankel was educated at Columbia, (A.B. with honors, 1937, Ph.D., 1946) and Cornell Universities (graduate study, 1937-38). He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-46, becoming a lieutenant. He was a member of the American Philosophical Association, the American Association of University Professors (chair of committee on professional ethics), the Institut International de Philosophie Politique, the Authors Guild, the Century Association, and the Phi Beta Kappa society.

He wrote on value theory, social philosophy, and philosophy of history. Frankel was the Assistant Secretary of State, in charge of education and culture, from 1965 to 1967. He resigned this post in protest of the Vietnam War.

Charles Frankel was concerned with American government, mainly the democracy. He lived most of his life during the Cold War when the two great powers in the world were the U.S and the Soviet Union. He made a case for democracy when comparing it to totalitarianism. Democracy, if a bad decision in the government is made, can be changed because democracy is a never-ending and constantly reforming process which causes the government to become better and better through debate of different ideas and...
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