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Jay Newman
Born(1948-02-28)28 February 1948
Died17 June 2007(2007-06-17) (aged 59)
Era20th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Main interests
Philosophy of religion
Philosophy of culture
Ethics of mass communication

Jay Newman (February 28, 1948 – June 17, 2007) was a philosopher and Professor at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario.



Newman was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Lou Newman and his wife, Kitty. He received his B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1968 before acquiring his master's degree from Brown University in 1969 and his Ph.D. from York University in Toronto, Canada, in 1971.

He began teaching at the University of Guelph in 1971, where he taught until his death. His fields of study (and his 11 books) included philosophy of religion, philosophy of culture, and the ethics of mass communication. He became a Canadian citizen in 1986.[1] In 1995 he was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada[2] and he was past president of the Canadian Theological Society. He received a Distinguished Alumnus Award of Honor from Brooklyn College in 1988 and was recipient of the 2001 University of Guelph's President's Distinguished Professor Award.[3] The University of Guelph has established the Jay Newman Award for Academic Integrity in his memory.[4][5] In 2009, the Canadian Theological Society inaugurated the Jay Newman Memorial Lecture in the Philosophy of Religion.[6]

Newman was a lifelong fan of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan and wrote several articles about W. S. Gilbert and the Savoy Operas.[7][8][9] A series of lectures about Gilbert and Sullivan-related topics have been given in his name, in New York City, by the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of New York.[10]

He died in 2007 of cancer at age 59.[11][12]

Selected publications

  • Pious Pro-family Rhetoric: Postures And Paradoxes in Philosophical Perspective (2006) ISBN 0-8204-8667-1
  • Biblical Religion and Family Values (2001) ISBN 0-275-97137-6
  • Inauthentic Culture and Its Philosophical Critics (1997) ISBN 0-7735-1676-X
  • Religion and Technology (1997) ISBN 0-275-95865-5
  • Religion vs. Television (1996) ISBN 0-275-95640-7
  • On Religious Freedom (1991) ISBN 0-7766-0308-6
  • Competition in Religious Life (1989) ISBN 0-88920-989-8
  • The Journalist in Plato's Cave (1989) ISBN 0-8386-3349-8
  • Fanatics and Hypocrites (1986) ISBN 0-87975-348-X
  • The Mental Philosophy of John Henry Newman (1986) ISBN 0-88920-186-2
  • Foundations of Religious Tolerance (1982) ISBN 0-8020-5591-5

See also



  1. ^ "Jay Newman" (PDF). Royal Society of Canada. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  2. ^ "Dr. Jay Newman". Royal Society of Canada.
  3. ^ Toronto The Globe and Mail, July 4, 2007
  4. ^ "Prof Leaves Legacy of Scholarships". University of Guelph. 12 September 2007. Archived from the original on 1 December 2007.
  5. ^ "Jay Newman Award for Academic Integrity". University of Guelph Faculty Association. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Announcing the Annual Jay Newman Memorial Lecture in the Philosophy of Religion" 2009
  7. ^ Newman, Jay. "The Gilbertianism of Patience" in Dalhousie Review, vol. 65, no. 2 (Summer 1985), pp. 264-69
  8. ^ Newman, Jay. "Dimensions of Gilbert’s Comedy" in The Gilbert & Sullivan Journal, vol. X (Spring 1980), pp. 380-82
  9. ^ Newman, Jay. "Gilbert and the Utilitarians" in The Savoyard, vol. XVI (September 1977), pp. 13-14
  10. ^ "The Jay Newman Lectures", The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of New York, accessed July 23, 2021
  11. ^ Guelph Mercury, Obituaries, June 18, 2007
  12. ^ "Newman, Jay". The Globe and Mail. July 4, 2007 – via Legacy.com.