Citation of the International Rationalist Award 2000

Citation of the Rationalist International Award 2000

In appreciation of his outstanding contribution

for liberation of human mind and freedom from religion,


on the occasion of the


at Trivandrum,

is honored to award

Professor Paul Kurtz

with the

International Rationalist Award 2000.

Prof. Paul Kurtz, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo, is not only a renowned academic philosopher of high rank, he has moreover the merit of having carried the ideals of rationalism to the broad general public.

As a writer of over thirty books and countless articles, as the founder and head of the world's largest freethought publishing house, Prometheus Books and as the founder editor of the brilliant magazine Free Inquiry, he has promoted rationalist thinking and encouraged the spirit of inquiry in his own country and all over the world.

As the founder and leader of the Council for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, the Council for Secular Humanism and the Center for Inquiry International, he has created institutions to guard freedom of thought and inquiry.

His dedicated work of several decades in service of the liberation of human mind from the bondages of religion, superstition and all kinds of dogmatism, has made a lasting impact on the intellectual climate of our times and stands as a guidepost into a better future.

Grateful Rationalist International

(Sanal Edamaruku)