Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Creator of 'best website in world' dies

Author, contrarian academic and web entrepreneur Denis Dutton died yesterday, aged 66.
New Zealand Herald, Wednesday Dec 29, 2010


The professor of philosophy at Canterbury University had been diagnosed with prostate cancer but continued working until his health deteriorated quickly a week ago, his son, Ben,said.
Professor Dutton was due to retire early next year.

"I think that he has been an incredibly passionate advocate for ideas and truth and a wonderful father and husband," his son said.

Born in California on February 9, 1944, Professor Dutton was educated at the University of California Santa Barbara and joined the University of Canterbury staff in 1984.

He gained a significant public profile for the Arts and Letters Daily website he established in 1998, which was sold to the United States-based Chronicle of Higher Education in 1999.
Professor Dutton continued as editor of what some dubbed "the best website in the world".

His recent work focused on Darwinian applications in aesthetics, which he explored in his bestselling book The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure and Human Evolution.

He is survived by his wife, Margit, and two children, Sonia and Ben.

Footnote:
The Bookman was very sad to read of Denis Dutton's death in the NZ Herald today. I was an occasional correspondent with Denis and greatly admired his intellect, and of course his establishment of Arts & Letters Daily which I visit daily.
I extend my condolences to his wife and family.

1 comment:

Tribeless said...

Very sad news indeed. Arts and Letters Daily was one of my regularly visited sites. A great mind, and a great loss. (Far too young at 66).

Mark Hubbard