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Paul Kurtz

Paul KurtzAKA Paul W. Kurtz

Born: 21-Dec-1925
Birthplace: Newark, NJ
Died: 20-Oct-2012
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Atheist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Philosopher

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Pro-skeptic activist

Military service: US Army

Prominent skeptic and advocate of reason over religion and science over superstition. Founder of Prometheus Books, Council for Secular Humanism, the Center for Inquiry, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

Wife: Claudine C. Vial (m. 1960)
Daughter: Valerie L. Kurtz
Daughter: Patricia A. Kurtz
Son: Jonathan Kurtz
Daughter: Anne Kurtz
Mother: Sara Lasser
Father: Martin Kurtz

    University: BA Philosophy, New York University (1948)
    University: MA Philosophy, Columbia University (1949)
    University: PhD Philosophy, Columbia University (1952)
    Professor: State University of New York at Buffalo

    American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
    American Humanist Association
    Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Fellow
    CSICOP Chairman
    International Academy of Humanism President
    University Centers for Rational Alternatives Board of Directors

Author of books:
The Transcendental Temptation: A Critique of Religion and the Paranormal (1986, nonfiction)
Forbidden Fruit: The Ethics of Humanism (1987, nonfiction)
The New Skepticism: Inquiry and Reliable Knowledge (1992, nonfiction)
Toward a New Enlightenment: The Philosophy of Paul Kurtz (1994, nonfiction)
The Courage to Become: The Virtues of Humanism (1997, nonfiction)
Skepticism and Humanism: The New Paradigm (2000, nonfiction)
Embracing the Power of Humanism (2000, nonfiction)
Science and Religion: Are They Compatible? (2003, nonfiction)


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