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James Henry Fetzer (born December 6, 1940 in Pasadena, California) is an American philosopher and Distinguished McKnight University Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth.<ref>James H. Fetzer, UMD page</ref> He is also known for his advocacy of conspiracy theories.<ref>Pope, Justin. "9/11 Conspiracy Theorists Thriving", ABC News > U.S., ABCNews Internet Ventures, 2006-08-06. Retrieved on 2006-08-21.</ref>


[edit] Biography

James H. Fetzer was born in Pasadena, California in 1940 and attended South Pasadena High School where he received The Carver Award for leadership. After completing high school, he went on to study philosophy at Princeton University and graduated magna cum laude in 1962. After four years as a commissioned officer in the Marine Corps, he resigned his commission as a Captain to begin graduate work at Indiana University. In 1970 he completed his Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science.

Fetzer taught at various schools including the University of Kentucky, the University of Virginia (twice) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before he received tenure at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he taught from 1987 until his retirement in June 2006.<ref name="professors of paranoia?">John Gravois, "Professors of Paranoia?: Academics give a scholarly stamp to 9/11 conspiracy theories", The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 23, 2006.</ref>

[edit] Works

Fetzer has published more than 100 articles and 20 books <ref>James H. Fetzer, UMD page</ref> on philosophy of science, computer science, artificial intelligence and cognitive science. He also founded the international journal, Minds and Machines, which he edited for eleven years, and the professional library, Studies in Cognitive Systems, which includes thirty volumes.

[edit] Controversial views

Fetzer holds several views of recent American history. He has written about the John F. Kennedy assassination<ref>Gatehouse, Jonathon. "Hijacking the truth on 9/11", Macleans, 2006, May 16.</ref> and has been interviewed on his theories about the September 11, 2001 attacks by radio hosts such as Laura Ingraham, Jerry Springer, Donny Deutch and several hosts on Air America, among others.

Some have questioned[citation needed] his apparent endorsement of a military coup to overthrow the Bush administration, <ref name="professors of paranoia?"/> members of which he believes have betrayed the country and violated their oaths of office.[citation needed]

[edit] Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Fetzer maintains that John F. Kennedy was assassinated as the result of a planned and precisely executed conspiracy, which included altering the autopsy X-rays, substituting another brain, and recreating the Zapruder film using sophisticated techniques of optical printing and special effects. He has edited three collections of studies on the assassination, chaired or co-chaired four conferences on the subject, and made numerous talk show appearances on the topic.<ref>James H. Fetzer, UMD page</ref>

[edit] September 11, 2001 attacks

Fetzer supports the assertion that the U.S. government orchestrated the September 11, 2001 attacks for political and economical gain and that World Trade Center One and Two were destroyed using a novel form of controlled demolition from the top down, while World Trade Center Seven was brought down by a conventional controlled demolition from the bottom.<ref>London Daily Mail: Fury as academics claim 9/11 was 'inside job'</ref> Fetzer also believes the hijackings were staged and that calls from passengers to relatives and operaters were phony. During recent lectures, Fetzer appears to have developed his position further by endorsing the possibility that space-based directed-energy military weapons may have been used to bring down the Twin Towers [1].

On June 22 2006, Fetzer was a guest on Fox News Channel's Hannity and Colmes where he discussed his stance on several 9/11 conspiracy theories.[citation needed] Later that month, he appeared at the 9/11 + The Neo-Con Agenda Symposium in Los Angeles, California.<ref>American Scholars Symposium</ref>

In July 2006, Fetzer discussed Bill O'Reilly's remark that, if Kevin Barrett had been at his alma mater, Boston University, "this guy'd be in the Charles River floating down, you know, toward the harbor", stating, "When public threats can be made to a citizen's life for expressing his opinions on a controversial topic and neither the government nor the media respond, that is a sure sign we are living in a fascist state." This opinion did not, however, prevent Fetzer from agreeing to appear on O'Reilly's show again on October 12, 2006. <ref>Jim Kouri, "Activist Kevin Barrett Claims Bill O'Reilly Threatened Him", National Ledger, July 23, 2006.</ref> Fetzer has detailed his research and theories during the Midwest Social Forum held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in a joint presentation with Kevin Barrett, also a member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, which they recently reprised at the University of Wisconsin-Madison <ref>Megan Twohey, "Lecturer denounces critics of his 9-11 teachings: 'Inside job' theory draws calls for firing, UW probe", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 9, 2006.</ref>

Fetzer is co-founder and co-chair of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, "a non-partisan association of faculty, students, and scholars dedicated to exposing falsehoods and to revealing truths behind 9/11".<ref>Scholars for 9/11 Truth - Who Are We</ref>

Fetzer spoke positively of former scholars Judy Wood and Morgan Reynolds, who left the Scholars due to disagreement with the organization, objecting in particular to the Scholar's rejection of 'no plane' theories (theories arguing that no planes hit the World Trade Center).[2] Fetzer talks about the theory that a "satellite-mounted military weapon" may have been used to bring down the World Trade Center, and writes that "the range of alternative explanations that might possibly explain the explanandum must include non-classic controlled demolition from the top-down using mini-nukes, and...non-classic controlled demolition from the top-down using directed energy weapons...The specific weapons used to destroy the WTC could have been ground based or space based." [3] [4] For Fetzer, "Judy [Wood] appears to have done far more to develop her "proof of concept" than has Steve [Jones]". [5]

[edit] Death of Paul Wellstone

Fetzer has co-authored a book in which the authors argue that Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone's death in a airplane crash was not accidental but resulted from a small-scale conspiracy to ensure Republican control of the Senate. <ref>Dameron, Eva. "Author makes case for murder", Daily Lobo (University of New Mexico), 2005, October 31.</ref>

[edit] Publications

Philosophy of Science:

  • (June 1984) Principles of Philosophical Reasoning. Rowman & Littlefield, 292 p.. ISBN 0847673413.
  • (August 1985) Sociobiology and Epistemology. Springer, 296 p.. ISBN 9027720053.
  • (1991) Definitions and Definability: Philosophical Perspectives. ASIN B000IBICGK.
  • (October 1992) Philosophy of Science (Paragon Issues in Philosophy). Paragon, 197 p.. ISBN 1557784817.
  • (January 1993) Foundations of Philosophy of Science: Recent Developments (Paragon Issues in Philosophy). Paragon, 512 p.. ISBN 1557784809.
  • (March 1993) Glossary of Cognitive Science (A Paragon House Glossary for Research, Reading, and Writing). Paragon, 288 p.. ISBN 1557785678.
  • (January 1997) Philosophy and Cognitive Science (Paragon Issues in Philosophy). Paragon, 191 p.. ISBN 1557787395.
  • (November 1997) Minds and Machines: Journal for Artificial Intellegence, Philosophy, and Cognitive Science, Vol. 7, No. 4. Kluwer. ASIN B000KEV460.
  • (December 2000) Science, Explanation, and Rationality: The Philosophy of Carl G. Hempel. Oxford, 384 p.. ISBN 0195121376.
  • (January 2001) Artificial Intelligence: Its Scope and Limits. Springer, 364 p.. ISBN 0792305485.
  • (January 8, 2002) Computers and Cognition: Why Minds are Not Machines. Springer, 352 p.. ISBN 1402002432.
  • (May 2002) Consciousness Evolving (Advances in Consciousness Research). John Benjamins, 251 p.. ISBN 1588111083.
  • (2005) The Evolution of Intelligence : Are Humans the Only Animals With Minds?. Open Court, 272 p.. ISBN 0812694597.
  • (August 9, 2006) Scientific Knowledge: Causation, Explanation, and Corroboration. Springer, 348 p.. ISBN 9027713359.
  • (December 28, 2006) Render Unto Darwin: Philosophical Aspects of the Christian Right's Crusade Against Science. Open Court, 288 p.. ISBN 0812696050.

Conspiracy Research:

  • (October 1997) Assassination Science : Experts Speak Out on the Death of JFK. Open Court, 480 p.. ISBN 0812693663.
  • (August 2000) Murder in Dealey Plaza: What We Know Now that We Didn't Know Then. Open Court, 496 p.. ISBN 0812694228.
  • (September 2003) The Great Zapruder Film Hoax: Deceit and Deception in the Death of JFK. Catfeet Press, 480 p.. ISBN 081269547X.
  • (November 2004) American Assassination: The Strange Death Of Senator Paul Wellstone. Vox Pop, 188 p.. ISBN 0975276301.
  • (March 28, 2007) The 9/11 Conspiracy. Open Court, 450 p.. ISBN 0812696123.

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