Cahn, Edmond Nathaniel

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Cahn, Edmond Nathaniel

Edmond Nathaniel Cahn was the author of numerous publications including The Sense of Injustice (1949), The Moral Decision (1955), and The Edmond Cahn Reader (1966).

Cahn was born January 17, 1906, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received a bachelor of arts degree in 1925 and a doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1927 from Tulane University. He also received a doctor of laws degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, located in New York City, in 1962.

After his admission to the Louisiana bar in 1927 and the New York bar in 1928, Cahn established a law firm in New York City where he practiced law from 1927 to 1950. He extended his career interests to the field of education and taught at New York University in 1945, accepting a professorship of law in 1948. In 1958 and 1962 he lectured on the philosophy of law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and on ethics at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City in 1961.

From 1948 to 1951 he was the director of the Conference on Social Meaning of Legal Concepts. He was awarded the Phillips Prize in Jurisprudence by the American Philosophical Society in 1955.

"In every mature society, there is considerable overlap between legal questions and moral questions."
—Edmond Cahn

Cahn died August 9, 1964, in New York City.

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