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 at 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.

Awards and receptacles

  • 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award , finalist, Why Does the World Exist? [1]
  • 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 Existentiële Detective Story (2012)


  1. Jump up^ John Williams (January 14, 2012). “National Book Critics Circle Award finalists Names 2012” . New York Times . Retrieved January 15, 2013 .