Denis Dutton, founder of 'Arts & Letters Daily,' has died


Via the Submitterator, BB reader C. White says,

4498560.jpg Denis Dutton, who founded and edited the website, passed away on 28 December 2010. Dutton was born in 1944, and was also a professor of philosophy at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He was a founding member of the New Zealand Skeptics. Although Dutton is "nearly irreplaceable" in running Arts & Letters Daily, a longtime collaborator will continue to produce the site.
More at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Related, "Remembering Denis Dutton: ART AND HUMAN REALITY [2.24.09], A Talk With Denis Dutton, Introduction By Steven Pinker" (, and via EDGE founder John Brockman, who was a friend of Dutton.)

More coverage: The New Yorker, LA Times, Reason, 3 Quarks Daily, D.G. Myers, National Review, Washington Post, spiked, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, AP, Slate, City Journal, Open Letters Monthly, American Spectator, TED Talk.


  1. Sad news. Just got his book “The Art Instinct” as an xmas gift. Glad to know BB and Xeni are also fans of – these two sites are amongst the few that can reliably make my day.

    Godspeed, Professor. You have made the world a better place.

  2. For the last 7 years, Aldaily was the main use to which I used my blackberry. It took the annoyance out of waiting in line, riding the bus, waiting for the doctor, et cetera. Aldaily turned this blinkered techie into a humanist.

    Rest in peace, professor.

  3. From Slate

    His ambition for the site, Dutton told me, was to fashion a headline that would completely fool the reader about its source: Expecting a rant from the National Review, one would click through to a Ciceronian discourse from the Atlantic. Equally, one would click on a link expecting a smug pat on the liberal back and find a rant from the National Review.

    Very true– but as long as it amused me, I didn’t much care about the source. And most of his selections did amuse.

  4. I took a class with him in my undergrad, he was a fantastic teacher. He recently did a TED talk that is worth watching.

  5. AL Daily is the most important site on the internet for people who think and Dutton’s death is a great loss.
    BTW, still missing among those major sites carrying an obit is the NY Times. Maybe atheists don’t get obits there.

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