Agnes Callard

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Agnes Callard
Agnes Gellen

(1976-01-06) January 6, 1976 (age 46)
Academic background
EducationUniversity of Chicago (BA)
University of California, Berkeley (MA, PhD)
Academic work
Sub-disciplineAncient philosophy
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago

Agnes Callard[1] (born Agnes Gellen;[2] January 6, 1976) is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago.[3] Her primary areas of specialization are ancient philosophy and ethics.[3] She is also noted for her popular writings and work on public philosophy.[4][5][6]

Life and education[edit]

Callard was born in Budapest, Hungary.[1] Her mother was a hematologist and oncologist in the 1980s, specializing in the treatment of AIDS at the time. Her father started as a carpet salesman and retired as a steel exporter. Callard was raised in Budapest until the age of 6. She and her parents later moved to Rome before settling in the New York metropolitan area.[7]

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago, followed by a Master of Arts in Classics and a PhD in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley.[8]


With L. A. Paul, Callard received the 2020 Lebowitz Prize, awarded by the American Philosophical Association and Phi Beta Kappa.[8][9] She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2019.[10][11]

Public writing and speaking[edit]

Callard has published in the Boston Review,[12] The New Yorker,[13] and The New York Times,[14][15][16][17] and has written a column on public philosophy for The Point magazine.[18] Podcasts that have hosted her include the EconTalk,[19] the Elucidations Podcast,[20] and The Ezra Klein Show.[21]

In 2017 she created the Night Owls public debate series in Hyde Park, Chicago, featuring guests such as Tyler Cowen, Chris Blattman, Ezra Klein, Hollis Robbins;[22] and in November 2018 participated in one with her ex-husband and colleague Ben Callard, on the philosophy of divorce.[23][24]

She hosts the podcast Minds Almost Meeting together with economist Robin Hanson. [25]


  • Callard, Agnes, ed. (2020). On Anger. MIT Press. ISBN 978-1-946511-56-0. OCLC 1163958035. On Anger was selected as one of The New Yorker's "Best Books We Read in 2020."[26]
  • Callard, Agnes (2018). Aspiration: The Agency of Becoming. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oso/9780190639488.001.0001. ISBN 978-0-19-063951-8. OCLC 1023576043.[27]


  1. ^ a b Agnes Gellen Callard Curriculum Vitae
  2. ^ Callard, Agnes (July 25, 2022). "Turns out this speech of mine from 1997 is online!". Twitter. Archived from the original on November 23, 2022. Retrieved November 23, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Agnes Callard | Department of Philosophy". Archived from the original on June 24, 2020. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  4. ^ Weinberg, Justin. "How Is Good Public Philosophy Possible?". Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  5. ^ Ryerson, James. "Agnes Callard on engaging in public philosophy, her work as a columnist, and whether or not we can learn to believe in God". Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  6. ^ "Public Philosophy Is Good—For Philosophy and For the Public". Blog of the APA. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  7. ^ "AGNES CALLARD". What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher?. Retrieved December 5, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "2020 Lebowitz Prize Awarded to Philosophers Callard and Paul". American Philosophical Association. April 13, 2020. Archived from the original on July 16, 2020. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  9. ^ Patterson, Sara (May 1, 2020). "UChicago philosopher Agnes Callard receives 2020 Lebowitz Prize". UChicago News. Archived from the original on July 3, 2020. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  10. ^ "Guggenheim Foundation Names 2019 Fellows". Artforum. April 11, 2019. Archived from the original on May 30, 2019. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  11. ^ Weinberg, Justin (April 10, 2019). "Philosophers Win Guggenheim Fellowships". Daily Nous. Archived from the original on February 21, 2020. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  12. ^ Review, Boston (January 20, 2019). "Agnes Callard". Boston Review. Archived from the original on September 29, 2020. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  13. ^ Callard, Agnes (April 11, 2020). "What Do the Humanities Do in a Crisis?". The New Yorker.{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ Callard, Agnes (July 21, 2020). "Opinion | Should We Cancel Aristotle?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on October 2, 2020. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  15. ^ Callard, Agnes (March 31, 2020). "Why Am I Reading Apocalyptic Novels Now?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ Callard, Agnes (December 3, 2018). "What Does It Mean to 'Speak as a Woman'?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ Callard, Agnes (May 17, 2021). "Agnes Callard: What We Believe About Skepticism". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  18. ^ "Agnes Callard, Author at The Point Magazine". The Point Magazine. Archived from the original on September 30, 2020. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  19. ^ Russ Roberts (June 22, 2020). "Agnes Callard on Philosophy, Progress, and Wisdom". EconTalk (Podcast). Retrieved December 29, 2020.
  20. ^ "Episode 126: Listener Q&A with Agnes Callard and Ben Callard". Elucidations Podcast. Retrieved December 29, 2020.,
  21. ^ "Transcript: Ezra Klein Interviews Agnes Callard". The New York Times. May 14, 2021. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 1, 2021.
  22. ^ Callard, Agnes. "Night Owls". Night Owls. Retrieved August 9, 2022.
  23. ^ Borelli, Christopher (May 18, 2019). "Can philosophy be cool? A Hyde Park debate series revives the art of the late-night dorm rap session". Chicago Tribune.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. ^ Kubzansky, Caroline (November 19, 2018). "Divorced Professors Talk Trust, Modern Marriage at Philosophy Event". The Chicago Maroon. Archived from the original on September 20, 2020.
  25. ^ {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  26. ^ The New Yorker. "The Best Books We Read in 2020". The New Yorker. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  27. ^ Reviews of Aspiration:

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