Paul Kurtz

Philosopher, Author

1925 – 2012

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Who was Paul Kurtz?

Paul Kurtz was a prominent American skeptic and secular humanist. He has been called "the father of secular humanism". He was Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo, having previously also taught at Vassar, Trinity, and Union colleges, and the New School for Social Research.

Kurtz founded the publishing house Prometheus Books in 1969. He was also the founder and past chairman of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, and the Center for Inquiry. He was editor in chief of Free Inquiry magazine, a publication of the Council for Secular Humanism.

He was co-chair of the International Humanist and Ethical Union from 1986 to 1994. He was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Humanist Laureate, president of the International Academy of Humanism and Honorary Associate of Rationalist International. As a member of the American Humanist Association, he contributed to the writing of Humanist Manifesto II. He was an editor of The Humanist, 1967–78.

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Born
Dec 21, 1925
Newark
Also known as
  • Пол Куртц
  • Куртц, Пол
Religion
  • Atheism
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Columbia University
  • University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • New York University
Employment
  • Editor in Chief, Council for Secular Humanism
Lived in
  • Buffalo
  • Newark
Died
Oct 22, 2012
Amherst

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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