Paul Kurtz

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Paul Kurtz (December 21, 1925 – October 20, 2012) was a prominent Jewish American skeptic and secular humanist. He has been called "the father of secular humanism" and was Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of New York at Buffalo, having previously also taught at Vassar, Trinity, and Union colleges, and the New School for Social Research.

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 or CSICOP), and the Center for Inquiry. He was editor in chief of Free Inquiry magazine, a publication of the Council for Secular Humanism.

Kurtz published over 800 articles or reviews and authored and edited over fifty books. Some of his books have been translated into over 60 languages.[1]

He was a race denialist.


  1. Sandhu, Ranjit, and Matt Cravatta. (2004). Media-Graphy: A Bibliography of the Works of Paul Kurtz Fifty-One Years, 1952–2003. Amherst, NY: Center for Inquiry, International.