This is a request for assistance.

I want to use Leslie Dewart’s C.V. and obituary as the point of departure to create a Wikipedia entry about him, but I don’t know how to “do” Wikipedia well enough to do this myself. I have posted these two texts into my “sandbox”, here: as well as pasted them below.

Could someone with the skills and interest please step forward and help me “Wikipediate” this adequately to post it into the public space? Thanks!

Also… I have a picture, an image of a portrait of Leslie to use for the article which was provided by his widow, Doreen, but I have had trouble getting the image uploaded to Wikipedia with the copyright permissions correctly asserted. I don’t understand how to “do” Wikipedia well enough to do this without help.

Therefore: Help, please!

Leslie Dewart — Curriculum Vitae

I. Biographical

1922 – b. Madrid, Spain

1942-47 – Royal Canadian Air Force. Pilot, bomber-reconnaissance operations

1951 – B.A. (Honour Psychology), University of Toronto

1952-54 – Teaching Fellow, Dept. of Philosophy, St. Michael’s College, U. of T.

1952 – M.A. (Philosophy), University of Toronto

1954 – Ph.D. (Philosophy), University of Toronto

1954-56 – Instructor, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Detroit

1956-61 – Assistant Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, St. Michael’s College, U. of T.

1961-68 – Associate Professor, ibid.

1961-68 – Associate Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, School of Graduate Studies, U. of T.

1964-70 – Associate editor, Continuum

1967-74 – Associate editor, Internationale Dialog Zeitschrift

1968- – Member, Societé Europeénne de Culture

1968-75 – Professor, Dept. of Religious Studies, St. Michael’s College, U. of T.

1968-88 – Professor, Faculty of Theology, St. Michael’s College

1968-70 – Associate Editor, Concurrence

1969-79 – Professor, Institute of Christian Thought, St. Michael’s College

1970-80 – Member, Editorial Board, Studies in Religion—Sciences réligieuses

1970-71 – Chair, Combined Departments of Religious Studies, U. of T.

1974-78 – Member, Advisory Board, Journal of Ultimate Reality and Meaning

1975-88 – Professor, Dept. of Religious Studies, U. of T.

1976-88 – Professor, Centre for Religious Studies, School of Graduate Studies, U. of T.

1979 – Ll.B., Faculty of Law, U. of T.

1981 – Barrister-at-Law, Osgoode Hall, Toronto

1981- – Member, Bar of the Province of Ontario

1982-83 – Member, Advisory Committee on the Future of Education, Ministry of Education of Ontario

1988- – Professor Emeritus, St. Michael’s College, U. of T.

1988- – Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

1995-2005 – Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Divinity, Trinity College

II. Books

1. Christianity and Revolution, (New York: Herder & Herder, 1963), pp. 320 (Translations: Spanish, Catalán)

2. The Future of Belief, (New York: Herder & Herder, 1963), pp. 223. (Translations: Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese)

3. The Foundations of Belief, (New York: Herder & Herder, 1966), pp. 526. (Translation: German)

4. Religion, Language and Truth, (New York: Herder & Herder, 1969), pp. 174

5. Evolution and Consciousness: The Role of Speech in the Origin and Development of Human Nature, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1989), pp. 399.

III. Contributions to books

1. “Some early historical developments of the New Testament morality,” in William Dunphy, ed., The New Morality, (New York: Herder & Herder, 1967), 83-106.

2. “Education and political values,” in Abraham Rotstein, ed., The Prospect of Change, (Toronto: McGraw-Hill, 1965), 286-307.

3. “Foreword” to Gabriel Marcel, Problematic Man, (New York: Herder & Herder, 1967), 7-12.

4. “Neo-Thomism and the continuity of philosophical experience,” in Gregory Baum, ed., The Future of Belief Debate, (New York: Herder & Herder, 1967), 211-229

5. “God and the supernatural,” in Martin Marty and Dean Peerman, eds., The New Theology, (New York: Macmillan, 1968), 142-155.

6. “Metaphysics and the concept of God,” in Christopher Mooney, ed., The Presence and Absence of God, (New York: Fordham University Press, 1969), 87-108.

7. “The fear of death and its basis in the nature of consciousness,” in Florence M. Hetzler and Austin H. Kutscher, eds., Philosophical Aspects of Thanatology, vol. 1, (New York: Arno Press, 1978), pp. 53-63.

8. “Properties of speech and ideas of reality,” in Bruce Alton, ed., Religions and Languages, (New York: Peter Lang, 1991), 67-83.

IV. Articles

1. “Existentialism and the degrees of knowledge,” The Thomist, XIX (1956), 2, 193-218.

2. “American leadership and the future of the West,” Liberation, VII (1962), 5, 23-28.

3. “War and the Christian tradition,” Commonweal, LXXVII (1962), 6 , 145-148.

4. “The prospects of peace,” Liberation, VII (1962), 10, 5-10.

5. “Modern war and Catholic morality,” Current, III (1962), 3, 182-193.

6. “Christianity’s vocation in the nuclear age,” Blackfriars, XLIV (1963), 512, 57-62.

7. “Christians and Marxists in dialogue: possibilities, prospects, and perils,” Continuum, I, 2 (Summer, 1963), 139-153.

8. “Is this a post-Christian age?” Continuum, I, 4 (Winter, 1964), 556-567.

9. “Academic freedom and Catholic dissent,” Commonweal, LXXX (1964), 2, 33-36.

10. “A comparison of the concepts of ‘peaceful coexistence’ in John XXIII’s Pacem in Terris and in Soviet-American diplomacy,” Co-existence, I (1964), 1, 21-38.

11. “Pacem in Terris and Soviet-American relations: a comparative analysis of the basis of international peace,” Cross Currents, XIV (1964), 3, 287-312.

12. “Neo-traditionalists and pseudo-progressives: a note on recent conflicts within the Catholic Church,” Continuum, III , 1 (Spring, 1965), 121-123.

13. “Les bases morales the la paix,” (1re partie), Comprendre, XXVIII (1965), 137-154.

14. “The school of conformity: a phenomenological critique,” Continuum, IV, 2 (Summer, 1966), 171-177.

15. “Catholic philosophy and the socialization of the intellect,” Ecumenist, V (1967), 4, 52-55.

16. “Les bases morales de la paix” (conclusion), Comprendre, XXIX (1966), 85-102.

17. “Wahrheit, Irrtum, und Dialog,” Internationale Dialog Zeitschrift, I, 4 (1968), 330-345.

18. “Towards a new form of faith,” Ferment, II (1968), 2, 10-12.

19. “On transcendental Thomism,” Continuum, VI, 3 (Autumn, 1968), 389-401.

20. “The meaning of religious belief,” Commonweal, XC (1969), 1, 15-17.

21. “The nature of truth in relation to language,” Continuum, VII, 2 (Summer, 1969), 332-340.

22. “The fact of death,” Commonweal, XCI (1969), 7, 206-208.

23. “A response to J. Donceel,” Continuum, VII, 3 (Autumn, 1969), 453-462.

24. “Hope and immortality,” Agora, XII (1970), 12-16.25. “Unité et verité,” Lumière et Vie, XX, 103 (Juin, 1970), 70-89.

26. “Sprache und Wahrheit,” Theologie der Gegenwart, XIV (1971), 4, 198-202.

27. “Christianity and the philosophy of language,” Drijarkara (Indonesia), I (1972) 4, 96-102.

28. “Der Zustand der römisch-katholischen Kirche,” Wort und Wahrheit, XXVII (1972), 2, 116-119.

29. “Language and religion,” Philosophic Exchange, I (1972) 3, 35-44.

30. “The relevance of Thomism today,” Proc. Am. Cath. Phil. Assn., XLVIII (1974), 308-317.

31. “The grounds for observing the law: a critical analysis of H.L.A. Hart’s foundations of a theory of law,” Queen’s Law J., V (1979), 1, 116-152.

This text is based on his obituary (not intending to keep this verbatim, but as a biographical outline):


His plan completed, Leslie Sutherland Dewart died in Toronto on December 20, 2009, eight days after his 87th birthday. It was marked by a hard won, determined peace that finally vanquished the devastating effects of a series of strokes. Leslie is survived by his cherished wife and soul-mate, Doreen Dewart (Brennan) and his four children from his 1st marriage to the late Joanne McWilliam: Leslie (Philip), Elizabeth (George), Sean (Lori) and Gonzalo (Ivette). He was the proud ‘Grandfuff’ to Gabe, Genn, James and Christopher; Alison, Karen and Geoffrey; Nora and George; Anne Marie, Joanna and Marc Francis. Leslie was born Gonzalo Gonzales Duarte on December 12th, 1922 in Madrid, Spain of a Spanish father, the late Gerardo Gonzales, and a Cuban mother, the late Adamina Duarte. His father died suddenly a few weeks before Leslie was born and his mother returned to Cuba a few years later; hence, Leslie spent his formative years there. In 1942, the 19 year old Leslie came to Canada to join the R.C.A.F., trained as a pilot and served on bomber-reconnaissance operations on the Atlantic coast. He also became a Canadian citizen after serving in the R.C.A.F. from 1942-47. As if to signal a new stage in life, he changed his name, began studies at the University of Toronto and returned to Cuba only to visit family. After earning his Ph.D. in Philosophy, he taught philosophy at the University of Detroit for 2 years, then returned to University of Toronto where he spent more that 30 years teaching at St. Michael’s College and the University of Toronto. His life was filled with teaching, writing, contributing to publications both here and in Europe, publishing five books and contributing to others. As well he wrote many articles for publication in scholarly magazines both here and abroad. It was a life dedicated to academic thinking that was both creative and original, to patient polishing of written articles and books, and to taking on his share of administrative tasks. His love of philosophy remained undiminished: as late as mid-August he was completing his final book.