Paul Kurtz

Paul Kurtz (December 21, 1925 – October 20, 2012)[2] was a prominent American scientific skeptic and secular humanist. He has been called "the father of secular humanism".[3] 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.

Paul Kurtz
Paul Winter Kurtz

(1925-12-21)December 21, 1925
DiedOctober 20, 2012(2012-10-20) (aged 86)[1]
Alma materNew York University
Columbia University
Era20th-century philosophy
SchoolScientific skepticism, secular humanism
Main interests
Philosophy of religion, Secularism, philosophical naturalism

Kurtz founded the publishing house Prometheus Books in 1969. He was also the founder and past chairman of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI, formerly the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, CSICOP), 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 (IHEU) from 1986 to 1994.[4] 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.[5] He was an editor of The Humanist, 1967–78.

Kurtz published over 800 articles or reviews and authored and edited over 50 books. Many of his books have been translated into over 60 languages.[6]

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