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Walter J. Ong

American philosopher and historian

1912   -   2003

country of citizenship: United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: Harvard University, Saint Louis University, Rockhurst University
occupation: anthropologist, historian, writer, university teacher, Catholic priest, literary critic, journalist, philosopher
award received: Guggenheim Fellowship, French Order of Academic Palms
student of: Marshall McLuhan

Walter Jackson Ong (November 30, 1912 – August 12, 2003) was an American Jesuit priest, professor of English literature, cultural and religious historian, and philosopher. His major interest was in exploring how the transition from orality to literacy influenced culture and changed human consciousness. In 1978 he served as elected president of the Modern Language Association.
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