BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF THEODORE M. DRANGE (1934- )
[written in 2004] I lived in Brooklyn, NY in my youth, was confirmed in the Lutheran Church in 1948, but became an atheist a year later, mainly as a result of reading booklets published by E. Haldeman-Julius. Attended Fort Hamilton H.S., Brooklyn College, one year of graduate school at Yale University, and three years at Cornell University, eventually receiving my Ph.D. in philosophy from Cornell in 1963. I taught philosophy full time at Brooklyn College, 1960-62, the University of Oregon, 1962-65, Idaho State University, 1965-66, and West Virginia University, 1966-2001. (Became full professor at WVU in 1974.) Retired from teaching and moved to Ventura, CA in 2001.
My Ph.D. dissertation, written under Max Black, was later revised and published as a book: Type Crossings (The Hague: Mouton & Co., 1966). Now out of print, it was a book in the philosophy of language. Up to the early 1980s, my main philosophical interests were in the areas of philosophy of language and theory of knowledge, but later came to shift to the philosophy of religion. My second book was Nonbelief & Evil (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1998). It is still in print and is in the area of philosophy of religion. A bibliography of my publications is currently being prepared and will appear on this website at a later time.
I have been married since 1959 (wife's name: Annette). We have two children, Susan and Michael, and five grandchildren, all living in Southern California. My hobbies have been weightlifting (in my youth), running (in middle age, including some marathons), and more recently just jogging or walking. I have also been keenly interested in the Oriental game of go for over 40 years, reaching the dan ranks in the late 1970s.