Vale Father Of Secular Humanism, Paul Kurtz – December 21, 1925 – October 21, 2012

EDITED – Added videos at end.
As Josh Rosenau wrote on Twitter:

Paul Kurtz, skeptic and humanist extraordinaire, has died. Founded CFI, CSH, CSI, Prometheus Books, etc. Changed the world. Was 86.

Wikipedia features:

Paul Kurtz was a prominent American skeptic and secular humanist. He has been called “the father of secular humanism”. He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo, having previously also taught at Vassar, Trinity, and Union colleges, and the New School for Social Research.

Kurtz published over 800 articles or reviews and authored and edited over 50 books. Many of his books have been translated into over 60 languages. They include The Transcendental Temptation, Forbidden Fruit: The Ethics of Secularism, The Courage to Become, and Multi-Secularism: A New Agenda. His published bibliography of writings from 1952 to 2003 runs over 79 pages.

Kurtz founded the publishing house Prometheus Books in 1969. He was also the founder and past chairman of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (formerly the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), the Council for Secular Humanism, and the Center for Inquiry.

Condolences to his friends, family and all who have worked with and admired his achievements.

Early Days at CSICOP

Reflections at 80 – Paul Kurtz

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  • bcskeptic

    What a life well lived! What a legacy! Sincere condolances to all his family and friends.

  • brianengler

    He did, indeed, change the world–and largely for the better. It’s wonderful to see how many talented and thoughtful people now are hard at work within the modern skeptical and the secular humanist movements–neither of which would, arguably, be as strong as they are now with Paul’s foundational work–to carry on for science and reason. He made a difference, and there’s little more any one of us can hope to achieve.

  • http://www.iheu.org Sonja Eggerickx

    Sincere condolences on behalf of the International Humanist and Ethical Union. We cannot underestimate Paul Kurtz’ achievements in the field of humanism, science, critical thinking. Thanks Paul for your commitment. We will continue our struggle for rationalism, secularism, and Humanism…