Jim Holt (philosopher)
Jim Holt is an American philosopher, author and essayist. He has contributed to The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The American Scholar, and Slate. His book Why Does the World Exist? was a NYTimes bestseller for 2013.
He hosted a weekly radio spot on BBC Wales called "Living in America, with Jim Holt" for ten years. He has appeared on William F. Buckley's Firing Line, NBC News with Tom Brokaw, and CNN. In 1997, he was editor of The New Leader, a political magazine. Holt lives in Greenwich Village, NY.
Holt attracted controversy during the "Pondering the Imponderable: The Biggest Questions of Cosmology" panel at the 2017 World Science Festival. He repeatedly spoke over the only female member of the panel, Veronika Hubeny, even when she was attempting to answer his questions. The widely discussed incident and the damning underlying video of the event quickly led to Holt being accused of Mansplaining.
Awards and honors
- 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award, finalist, Why Does the World Exist?
- 2012 The Philosophers Magazine named his book, Why Does the World Exist? as one of the best books of 2012.
- Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes (2008)
- Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story (2012)
- Timmins, Beth (13 June 2017). "Woman Calls Out Male Author For Speaking Over Female Physicist At World Science Festival". The Independent. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
- Herreria, Carla (9 June 2017). "A Male Host Interrupted A Female Physicist So Much The Audience Intervened". Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
- Bonazzo, John (6 June 2017). "A Physics Expert Had Her Own Theories Mansplained Onstage—Until One Person Stood Up". New York Observer. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
- John Williams (January 14, 2012). "National Book Critics Circle Names 2012 Award Finalists". New York Times. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
- Jim Holt at TED
- Books of the Times – Into the Nothing, After Something
- The New York Review of Books – What Can You Really Know?
- Philosopher Jim Holt on Nothingness, the God Wars, and His New Book: “I’m a Little Unhinged”
- Has the Meaning of Nothing Changed?
- The Philosophers Magazine – The best books of 2012
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