Jennifer Michael Hecht

Philosopher, Historian, Poet — New York, NY

Jennifer Michael Hecht is a philosopher, historian, and poet. Her Doubt: A History demonstrates a long, strong history of religious doubt. Hecht’s The End of the Soul won the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s 2004 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award “for scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.” Her book The Happiness Myth (HarperCollins, 2007) takes a skeptical look at modern ideas of the good life. Hecht’s work appears in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker. She earned her Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in 1995 and now teaches in the graduate writing program of The New School University in NYC.

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Topic(s): Arts & Entertainment, History, Philosophy, Skepticism

Sub-topic(s): Poetry, Meaning of life, Skeptic movement