Denis Dutton

Professor and philosopher (1944-2010)

Denis Dutton (9 February 194428 December 2010) was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and co-founder and co-editor of the Web publication Arts & Letters Daily.

Dutton in 2010


  • We take pleasure in watching an athlete break a record, hearing a soprano in full flight, or reading a philosopher of depth and insight. Human accomplishment is the ultimate spectator sport. Apply as much historical analysis to it as we wish, and we’ll not unlock all its mysteries. The continuous capacity of genius to surpass understanding remains a human constant.

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