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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 perspectives. A Totalitarian government, on the other hand, cannot retrace its steps. Once a choice has been made in the government, there is no way to go back and change it- the people do not have a say and the dictator rules all. In order for democracy to work, it needs certain qualities: courts, judicial systems; bills, a written law; and the press to keep the public informed and also to keep the power of the people in the government in check by revealing their every step and move they make to the public. In democracy, we also need something called a "loyal opposition" although there is a losing party, that party is able to disagree with the winning and ruling party but it must remain loyal to the country and whichever party has won the election. The winning party is also not allowed to harm the losing party and the losing party may always run again in a later election.

In 1978-79 Frankel was one of the founders (along with the first president and director) of the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.

On May 10, 1979, both he and his wife were shot and killed by a robber in Bedford Hills, New York.

From 1989 to 1996, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded the Charles Frankel Prize "to recognize persons for outstanding contributions to the public's understanding of the humanities." A list of Frankel Prize winners is available at the NEH website. In 1997 the prize was renamed The National Humanities Medal.

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Total Books: 21
Land and Wine The French Terroir
2014 - Land and Wine the French Terroir (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780226014692
ISBN-10: 022601469X
Genres: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, History, Travel, Science & Math

The Faith Of Reason The Idea Of Progress In The French Enlightenment
Worlds on Fire Volcanoes on the Earth the Moon Mars Venus and Io
2009 - Worlds on Fire Volcanoes on the Earth the Moon Mars Venus and Io (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780521008631
ISBN-10: 0521008638
Genre: Science & Math

The Case for Modern Liberalism
1999 - The Case for Modern Liberalism (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780765806499
ISBN-10: 0765806495
Genre: Nonfiction

The End of the Dinosaurs  Chicxulub Crater and Mass Extinctions
La mort des dinosaures
1999 - La Mort Des Dinosaures (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782020361736
ISBN-10: 2020361736

Volcanoes of the Solar System
1996 - Volcanoes of the Solar System (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521472012
ISBN-10: 0521472016
Genres: Science & Math, Engineering & Transportation, Substores

Education and the Barricades
1969 - Education and the Barricades (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780393005042
ISBN-10: 0393005046
Genre: Nonfiction

The pleasures of philosophy
The Pleasures of Philosophy (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780393010893
ISBN-10: 0393010899

A stubborn case A novel
A Stubborn Case a Novel (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780393084726
ISBN-10: 0393084728

Case for Modern Man
Case for Modern Man (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780807050897
ISBN-10: 080705089X

Terre de France Une histoire de 500 millions d'annees
Terre De France Une Histoire De 500 Millions D'annees (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782020868686
ISBN-10: 2020868687

Dernires nouvelles des plantes
Dernires Nouvelles Des Plantes [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782020965491
ISBN-10: 2020965496