Curt John Ducasse
Curt John Ducasse
|Born||July 7, 1881|
|Died||September 3, 1969 (aged 88)|
|Alma mater||University of Washington|
|Institutions||University of Washington|
|Doctoral advisor||Josiah Royce|
|Doctoral students||Richard Cartwright|
|Philosophy of mind, aesthetics, philosophy of religion|
|Philosophical examination of the idea of life after death|
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).
His book A Critical Examination of the Belief in a Life After Death is a philosophical attempt to examine the idea of life after death. In it he expressed his belief in survival. The book was praised by parapsychologists. Criticism came from philosopher Corliss Lamont who asserted that some of the content was based on wishful thinking.
Ducasse was a believer in reincarnation. Science writer Martin Gardner observed that Ducasse was notable for "combining nonbelief in God with a belief in the preexistence and the afterlife of human souls."
- Ducasse, Causation and the Types of Necessity, (1924)
- 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)
- Peter H. Hare, Edward H. Madden (eds.), Causing, Perceiving and Believing, Springer, 2012, p. 6.
- John R. Shook (ed.), Dictionary Of Modern American Philosophers, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2005, p. 444.
- Chisholm, R. M. (1970). C. J. Ducasse (1881-1969). Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 30: 631–633.
- 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.
- Flew, Antony. (1962). Review of A Critical Examination of the Belief in a Life After Death. The Philosophical Review 71: 402–404.
- Price, H. H. (1963). Review of A Critical Examination of the Belief in a Life after Death. Philosophy East and West 12: 362–364.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Barry, Jay, Gentlemen Under the Elms, Brown University, 1982. (Chapter 10 is a profile and biography of Ducasse, with photographs).