David Prall

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David Wight Prall (1886–1940) was a philosopher of art. Born on 5 October 1886 in Saginaw, Michigan, Prall received his PhD in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1918.

Prall was Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University (1920–21; 1930–40). He taught also at Cornell (1910–12), the University of Texas (1912–14), Amherst (1918–19), and the University of California (1921–30). While at Harvard, Prall was a teacher and mentor to the notable composer and conductor, Leonard Bernstein.

Prall died on 21 October 1940 in Cambridge. MA. His papers are held at Mills College, Oakland, California.

Publications[edit]

  • "Concerning the Nature of Philosophy". Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods. 15 (5): 127–130. 1918. doi:10.2307/2940377.
  • "The Esthetic Heresy". Journal of Philosophy. 18 (19): 516–526. 1921. doi:10.2307/2939310.
  • "In Defense of a Worthless Theory of Value". Journal of Philosophy. 20 (5): 128–137. 1923. doi:10.2307/2939368.
  • "Value and Thought-Process". Journal of Philosophy. 21 (5): 117–125. 1924. doi:10.2307/2014348.
  • "Essences and Universals". Journal of Philosophy. 22 (10): 264–272. 1925. doi:10.2307/2015099.
  • Aesthetic Judgment. Thomas Y. Crowell. 1929.
  • "A Case of the Pathetic Fallacy". Journal of Philosophy. 30 (5): 113–119. 1933. doi:10.2307/2016795.
  • Aesthetic Analysis. Thomas Y. Crowell. 1936.
  • "Knowledge as Aptness of the Body". Philosophical Review. 47 (2): 128–154. 1938. doi:10.2307/2180852.

References[edit]

  • Barry Seldes, Leonard Bernstein: The Political Life of an American Musician
  • Prall, David Wight (1886–1940), in The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers, Edited by John R. Shook (Continuum, 2005).