Richard C. Vitzthum

Brief Biography of

Richard Vitzthum

Name: Richard C. Vitzthum

Born (YYYY): 1936

Occupation: Professor of English, University of Maryland, College Park


  • B.A. Amherst College, 1957
  • MAT. Harvard University, 1958
  • Ph.D. Stanford University, 1963


  • The American Compromise: Theme and Method in the Histories of Bancroft, Parkman and Adams (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1974).
  • Land and Sea: The Lyric Poetry of Philip Freneau (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1978).
  • Materialism: An Affirmative History and Definition (Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1995).
  • Philosophical Materialism on the Secular Web.
  • Numerous articles and reviews, 1965-present.

Other Relevant Misc. Info:

  • Besides lifelong interests in philosophy, history, literature, and science, I'm devoted to classical music, hiking, skiing (alpine and nordic), jogging, golf, and my family (including grandchildren).


Published on the Secular Web

Philosophical Materialism

[This essay is from a lecture given to the Atheist Students Association at the University of Maryland, College Park, on November 14, 1996.] Materialism is the oldest philosophical tradition in Western civilization. Originated by a series of pre-Socratic Greek philosophers in the 6th and 5th centuries before the Christian era, it reached its full classical […]