Intellectual Autobiography

The Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought just wrapped up its 2021 meeting. They asked me to present my intellectual autobiography, which I was honored to do. It was strange to be forced to slow down and think about my intellectual history. And it was daunting to be listened to by colleagues on such a topic.

I might have spent more time on ideas but I didn’t for two reasons. On the one hand, later in 2021, a book of essays about my ideas is supposed to appear, and my response essay in that volume covers that territory. On the other hand, the intellectual autobiography was a pandemic-affected Zoom affair, scheduled after a long day of lectures, so I wanted to keep it light. I focused on life stories.

Since there is no way to publish such a thing, I’m posing it here as an illustrated pdf.