Curt John Ducasse

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Curt John Ducasse
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Born (1881-07-07)July 7, 1881
Angoulême, France
Died September 3, 1969(1969-09-03) (aged 88)
Nationality French
Notable work The Philosophy of Art, Philosophy as a Science, Art, the Critics, and You
Institutions University of Washington
Main interests
Philosophy of mind and aesthetics

Curt John Ducasse (7 July 1881 – 3 September 1969) was a philosopher who taught at the University of Washington and Brown University.[1]

Career[edit]

Ducasse was born in Angoulême, France. He obtained A.B. and A.M. degrees in philosophy from University of Washington. In 1912, he obtained his PhD from Harvard University.[1]

He is most notable for his work in philosophy of mind and aesthetics, his influence can be seen in the work of Roderick Chisholm and Wilfrid Sellars. Ducasse served as the president of the Eastern division of the American Philosophical Association (1939-40) and president of the Philosophy of Science Association (1958-61).[1]

Ducasse was influenced by William James and Josiah Royce.[2]

Parapsychology[edit]

Ducasse wrote on parapsychology and joined the American Society for Psychical Research in 1951 and served a term as vice president beginning in 1966.

He was the author of the book A Critical Examination of the Belief in a Life After Death which was a philosophical attempt to examine the idea of life after death.[3] He expressed his belief in survival.[1] The book was praised by parapsychologists.[4] Criticism of the book came from philosopher Corliss Lamont who noted that some of the content was based on wishful thinking.[5]

Ducasse was a believer in reincarnation. Science writer Martin Gardner has noted that Ducasse was notable for "combining nonbelief in God with a belief in the preexistence and the afterlife of human souls."[6]

Publications[edit]

  • Ducasse, The Philosophy of Art, (1929)
  • Ducasse, Philosophy as a Science, (1941)
  • Ducasse, Art, the Critics, and You, (1944)
  • Ducasse, Is a Life After Death Possible?, (1948)
  • Ducasse, Nature, Mind, and Death, (1951)
  • Ducasse, A Philosophical Scrutiny of Religion, (1953)
  • Ducasse, A Critical Examination of the Belief in a Life after Death, (1961)
  • Ducasse, Truth, Knowledge, and Causation, (1968)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Chisholm, R. M. (1970). C. J. Ducasse (1881-1969). Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 30: 631-633.
  2. ^ Shook, J. R. (2010). Peter Hare on the Philosophy of Curt John Ducasse. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. Vol. 46, No. 1, A Symposium in Memory of Peter H. Hare / Joseph Palencik & Russell Pryba, Guest Editors. pp. 47-52.
  3. ^ Flew, Antony. (1962). Review of A Critical Examination of the Belief in a Life After Death. The Philosophical Review 71: 402-404.
  4. ^ Price, H. H. (1963). Review of A Critical Examination of the Belief in a Life after Death. Philosophy East and West 12: 362-364.
  5. ^ Lamont, Corliss. (1962). Review of A Critical Examination of the Belief in a Life after Death. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 13: 244-248.
  6. ^ Gardner, Martin. (2009). When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish: And Other Speculations About This and That. Hill & Wang. p. 193. ISBN 978-0-374-53241-3

Further reading[edit]

  • Frederick C. Dommeyer. (1966). Current Philosophical Issues: Essays in Honor of Curt John Ducasse. Thomas.
  • P. H. Hare and Edward H. Madden. (1975). Causing, Perceiving and Believing: An Examination of the Philosophy of C. J. Ducasse. Springer.

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