David Prall

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David Wight Prall (1886–1940) was a philosopher of art. Born on 5 October 1886 in Saginaw, Michigan, Prall received his PhD in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1918.

Prall was Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University (1920-21; 1930-40). He taught also at Cornell (1910-12), the University of Texas (1912-14), Amherst (1918-19), and the University of California (1921-30). While at Harvard, Prall was a teacher and mentor to the notable composer and conductor, Leonard Bernstein.

Prall died on 21 October 1940 in Cambridge. MA. His papers are held at Mills College, Oakland, California.



  • Barry Seldes, Leonard Bernstein: The Political Life of an American Musician
  • Prall, David Wight (1886–1940), in The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers, Edited by John R. Shook (Continuum, 2005).