Curt John Ducasse
|Curt John Ducasse|
July 7, 1881|
|Died||September 3, 1969 88)(aged|
|Notable work||The Philosophy of Art, Philosophy as a Science, Art, the Critics, and You|
|Institutions||University of Washington|
|Philosophy of mind and aesthetics|
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).
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. He expressed his belief in survival. The book was praised by parapsychologists. Criticism of the book came from philosopher Corliss Lamont who noted that some of the content was based on wishful thinking.
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."
- 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)
- 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.