Denis Dutton

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Denis Dutton was an academic, web entrepreneur and libertarian media commentator/activist. He was a professor of philosophy at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He was also a co-founder and co-editor of the websites Arts & Letters Daily, and

Dutton was from Los Angeles, California, specifically the San Fernando Valley, where his parents owned a bookstore; he was educated at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He taught at several American universities, including the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Michigan-Dearborn, before emigrating to New Zealand. From 2008 to 2010 he was the Head of the Philosophy school in an unofficial capacity at Canterbury and, when Professor Copeland, Head of the School[3], was quarantined because of influenza in 2009, Dutton acted briefly as Head of Humanities.

He was one of the founding members and first chair of New Zealand Skeptics.

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Dutton, Denis (2008): The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution, Bloomsbury Press,