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Contents

*  The Life of Corliss Lamont

*  The Philosophy of Humanism, Eighth Edition

*  Lover's Credo: Poems of Love

*  The Affirmative Ethics of Humanism

*  Pamphlets by Corliss Lamont

*  The Bill of Rights and the NECLC

*  Multimedia Files

*  Suggested Sites to Visit

*  Direct Access

*  Contact Information


Note: A Belorussian language translation of this Web page has been graciously provided by Paul Bukhovko and hosted at PC.DE.


The Life of Corliss Lamont

Corliss Lamont (1902-1995) is a 20th century American hero whose independent thinking challenged prevailing ideas in philosophy, economics, religion, patriotism, world peace and the exercise of our cherished civil liberties.

Corliss Lamont was born to Wall Street wealth, yet he championed the cause of the working class, and was derided as a "Socialist" and a "traitor to his class".

Corliss Lamont's Humanist belief that earthlings have evolved without supernatural intervention and are responsible for their own survival on this planet caused traditionalists to label him a "godless atheist".

Corliss Lamont's patriotic insistence that the United States maintain a productive relationship with the Soviet Union in the face of prevailing rabid anti-communist hysteria earned him the accusation by Senator Joseph McCarthy of being "un-American". [See Philip Wittenberg (ed.), The Lamont Case: History of a Congressional Investigation, Corliss Lamont and the McCarthy Hearings (New York: Horizon Press, 1957) for details.]

Corliss Lamont was a philosopher, author and poet who carried several landmark cases to the courts successfully, including a suit [381 U.S. 301 (1965)] against the United States Postmaster General which was taken to the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court's decision was in Dr. Lamont's favor.

He taught a course in Humanism at Columbia University. Upon his death, the Columbia Record had this to say about him. A tribute to his life was held at Columbia on September 18, 1995. He endowed a chair in Civil Liberties at Columbia Law School, currently occupied by Prof. Vincent A. Blasi. He contributed to the construction of the Corliss Lamont Rare Book Reading Room at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University and helped to create, through donations of letters, papers, and works of art, the Julian Huxley, John Masefield, George Santayana, and Rockwell Kent collections held there. He also played a major role in the creation of the Spinoza Collection. The Corliss Lamont Papers reside in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University.

Located in the Corliss Lamont Room in the Class of 1945 Library, one of the Special Collections at Phillips Exeter Academy, is the John Masefield Collection, part of the Lamont Poets Collection. The Lamont Poetry Fund supports the Lamont Poetry Series and the Lamont Younger Poets Prize at Phillips Exeter.

Dr. Lamont provided a portion of the funding for The Santayana Edition, The Works of George Santayana, as published by The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London, England, and supported by The National Endowment for The Humanities, and others, currently hosted by the Institute for American Thought at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana. Written by Clay Splawn of Texas A&M University, an obituary was published in the No. 13, Fall 1995, issue of the Bulletin of the Santayana Society, then edited by Angus Kerr-Lawson of the Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

During his lifetime he was honored with many awards, including the Gandhi Peace Award in 1981. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Urban League.

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University stands on a 125-acre estate in Palisades, N.Y. which was donated by his mother, Florence Lamont, who also endowed the Florence Corliss Lamont Professor of Divinity and Professor of Old Testament, Harvard University Divinity School, currently held by Paul D. Hanson, Ph.D. His father, Thomas W. Lamont, who was Chairman of J.P. Morgan, was a major donor toward the creation of the Lamont Library (history / main page) at Harvard.

New interest is sparked in the lifestance of Corliss Lamont because his Great Nephew Ned Lamont was the Democratic Nominee for U.S. Senate from the state of Connecticut in the 2006 election. Ned's Grandfather, Thomas S. Lamont and Corliss were brothers, sons of Florence Corliss and Thomas W. Lamont, a partner of J.P. Morgan.

Frederick Edwords, then Executive Director of the American Humanist Association, authored an excellent article for the July/August 1995 issue of the Humanist magazine on the life of Corliss Lamont entitled Requiem for a Freedom Fighter, which has been included on this Web site.

Below is a listing of books authored or co-authored by Dr. Lamont.

Below is a listing of books edited or co-edited by Dr. Lamont.

*  The Corliss Lamont Bookshelf page, located on this Web site, contains additional information on these eight featured titles, seven of which are still in-print and currently available for purchase new direct from Amazon.com.

A Lifetime of Dissent (book cover).**  The full text of A Lifetime of Dissent is available for online reading on the Questia Web site at the following URL. The link opens in a new tab/window.

Read online:
http://www.questia.com/read/97767010

The Independent Mind (book cover).***  The full text of The Independent Mind: Essays of a Humanist Philosopher is available on the Internet Archive Web site via the links below. The book, which is part of the Universal Library, is offered in multiple formats including Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format), DjVu, plain ASCII text, JPEG image files, TIFF image files, Abbyy FineReader XML, flip book, and a multi-page TIFF file. These links open in a new tab/window.

Details:
http://www.archive.org/details/independentminde011547mbp

Direct download of all available formats:
http://www.archive.org/download/independentminde011547mbp

The full text of The Independent Mind: Essays of a Humanist Philosopher is also available for online reading on the Questia Web site at the following URL.

Read online:
http://www.questia.com/read/6209016

You Might Like Socialism (book cover).****  The full text of You Might Like Socialism: A Way of Life for Modern Man is available on the Internet Archive Web site via the links below. The book, which is part of the American Libraries, is offered in multiple formats including PDF, DjVu, plain ASCII text, JPEG and JPEG 2000 image files, and flip book. These links open in a new tab/window.

Details:
http://www.archive.org/details/youmightlikesoci00lamorich

Direct download of all available formats:
http://www.archive.org/download/youmightlikesoci00lamorich

Freedom Is As Freedom Does - 1st Edition (book cover).*****  The full text of the First Edition (1956) of Freedom Is As Freedom Does: Civil Liberties Today is available on the Columbia University Libraries Digital Collections Web site via the link below. The book is available for online reading as well as in the form of a downloadable PDF file. This link opens in a new tab/window.

Read online or download:
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/digital/collections/cul/texts/ldpd_8331676_000/



Lefties Are In Their Right Minds (book cover).In late 2008, Beth K. Lamont began work on a new introduction to You Might Like Socialism: A Way of Life for Modern Man. This effort was completed in April 2009 and this new book, entitled Lefties Are In Their Right Minds, was published in a trade paperback edition by Half-Moon Foundation on May 18, 2009 and is now available for purchase from Amazon.com. More information about the book, including audio promos and news and press releases, can be found on the Lefties Are In Their Right Minds page.

Buy it now!


The Philosophy of Humanism, Eighth Edition

The Eighth Edition of The Philosophy of Humanism (420 pages, illustrated and indexed, with Reference Notes and Selected Bibliography) has been published in trade paperback format by Humanist Press. We are pleased to offer an electronic text version for free downloading from this Web site.
For further information, follow the link to our download page. Link to Download Page.
Both the degenderized 1997 Eighth Edition and the previous 1990 Seventh Edition of The Philosophy of Humanism are in-print and available for purchase new direct from Amazon.com.


Lover's Credo: Poems of Love

The full text of the revised and re-issued 1994 edition of Lover's Credo: Poems of Love, containing all 31 poems, is now available for viewing in HTML format on this Web site by following this link. A "no frames" version is available here.
Lover's Credo: Poems of Love is also available for purchase from third-party sellers on Amazon.com.


The Affirmative Ethics of Humanism

The Affirmative Ethics of Humanism, a magazine article by Corliss Lamont, in which the author stresses the joy of life and working for the good of the community, using reason and scientific method for the solution of ethical problems, is available here.


Pamphlets by Corliss Lamont

Over the course of more than a half-century, Corliss Lamont authored approximately three dozen pamphlets on a variety of subjects. Information about many of these pamphlets, including the well-known Basic Pamphlets series, as well as a downloadable PDF version of On Understanding Soviet Russia, can be found on the Pamphlets by Corliss Lamont page.


The Bill of Rights and the NECLC

One of Corliss Lamont's favorite organizations was the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee (NECLC), of which he was Chairman. On our Bill of Rights and NECLC page you'll find excerpts from their publication, Bill of Rights Journal, describing their activities over the years, starting with a statement of purpose and including descriptions of the organization's many civil liberties triumphs in the courts. You'll also be able to view the U.S. Bill of Rights and download a copy suitable for printing.

Bob Dylan and the NECLC

At its annual Bill of Rights Dinner on December 13, 1963, the NECLC presented its Tom Paine Award for recognition of distinguished service in the fight for civil liberty to singer/song writer Bob Dylan. You'll find more information about this, including Mr. Dylan's acceptance speech and the controversy it caused on our Bob Dylan and the NECLC page.


Multimedia Files

Below are links to four series of multimedia files — Corliss Lamont singing the old Irving Berlin show tune "A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody", five audio clips from a film shot by his grandson several years ago entitled "Corliss Lamont: Renegade Patriot", a MIDI song file, "Here And Now", complete with musical notation and lyrics, dedicated to Corliss Lamont, and four hours of raw, unedited video of a Civil Liberties Forum held at Columbia University Law School on April 5, 2002. This event, which featured a debate entitled "Must our Civil Liberties be Relinquished Under the Threat of Terrorism?", was conducted in honor of the centenary of the birth of Corliss Lamont.

A six minute video clip from the film is available for viewing in streaming RealNetworks RealVideo and Microsoft ASF (Advanced Streaming Format) file formats, as well as a downloadable MPEG-1 System Stream MPG file.

The video of the "Must our Civil Liberties be Relinquished Under the Threat of Terrorism?" debate is available in the form of four one-hour segments in both Flash Video (FLV) and in Sony PSP-compatible and Apple QuickTime-compatible MPEG-4 (MP4) formats.

Adobe Flash Video of Corliss Lamont and Dr. Herbert A. Tonne discussing the subject of immortality, taken from a 1986 New York public access cable television show.

Recently added: Adobe Flash Video of Corliss Lamont and Pete Seeger, taken from an unpublished 1992 film shot by Jonathan Heap, filmmaker and grandson of Corliss Lamont.


Suggested Sites to Visit

*  Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York *
     - The Corliss Lamont Chapter of the American Humanist Association

*  Human Values Network *

*  Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
     - Part of Columbia University

*  The Internet Infidels' Secular Web

*  Council for Secular Humanism

*  The New Humanism
     - Sponsored by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard

  * 
Site sponsored by Half-Moon Foundation, Inc.


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