Highly respected Canterbury University philosophy professor Denis Dutton has died.
Dutton was in poor health and in a wheelchair when he received a Canterbury University research medal at a graduation ceremony before Christmas.
Born in California in 1944, Dutton received his PhD in philosophy from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1975 and joined the Canterbury staff in 1984.
He received international acclaim for his Arts & Letters Daily website when it was named the best website in the world, three months after it was founded in 1998, by The Guardian.
Dutton later sold the site to the magazine Lingua Franca, with ownership falling to The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2002.
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