Denis Dutton tributes

January 18th, 2011 at 3:07 pm by David Farrar

Three tributes to Denis Dutton worth highlighting. The first below is from James Allan in The Spectator Australia.


Also Eric Crampton in The Press bids farewell:

Denis loved sharing his victories. One of the earlier emails I received from Denis was simply a link to a story in Canada’s National Post, talking of the wonders of ALD and of its author, improbably situated in Christchurch. I teased Denis that I hadn’t thought him a fan of hagiography. He replied in classic form: “I despise hagiography, except when I’m the hag.”

Heh, Denis would like all these tributes then.

Denis was a liberal and a humanist who saw how much progress we’ve made and who railed against those who would thwart it through pseudo-science and superstition. He loved beauty and, in explaining it to us, helped us better to appreciate it. Thank you, Denis.

The Press also has this piece from Robin Maconie farewelling Denis.

RIP Denis Dutton

December 29th, 2010 at 11:49 am by David Farrar

Incredibly saddened to hear yesterday of the death of Denis Dutton. I’d been fortunate enough to meet Denis on a few occassions, through mutual conferences we attended. He was a wonderfully clear thinker, and a a real gentleman.

His family and close friends suffer the biggest loss, but many New Zealanders will miss his presence amongst us.