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Richard C. Vitzthum

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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).

Homepage: http://consolationsofatheism.blogspot.com/

Published on the Secular Web

Modern Library

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 […]