Abraham Flexner Quotes

We must not overlook the role that extremists play. They are the gadflies that keep society from being too complacent.

 
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"Extremists" as Flexner used the term were intellectual and philosophical extremists--at that time intellectual communists, fascists, atheists, libertarians, anarchists. In the 21st century, "extremists" tended to connote violence and terrorism. There were violent revolutionary communists, fascists and anarchists, but there were very few. Must were intellectual and philosophical advocates of the theories.
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Abraham Flexner, 1866-1959, Educator and Author, Universities, 1930

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Abraham Flexner
Abraham Flexner
  • Born: November 13, 1866
  • Died: September 21, 1959
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Educator

Abraham Flexner was an American educator, best known for his role in the 20th century reform of medical and higher education in the United States and Canada.

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