About The Author


A cultural historian, essayist, and critic, James Sloan Allen has written widely on many subjects ranging from European thought and American society to Hindu and Islamic cultures, from ancient philosophy to modernist design. With a doctorate in European intellectual history from Columbia University, he has taught at several institutions, including Columbia, Haverford College, Brigham Young University, the New School, and the Juilliard School, where he was academic vice president. He continues to teach a Great Books class for adults in New York City. A long-time New Yorker, he now resides with his wife in Honolulu. He wrote Worldly Wisdom through many years of reading, teaching, and writing about the kinds of classic works that it represents. His other works include The Romance of Commerce and Culture: Capitalism, Modernism, and the Chicago-Aspen Crusade for Cultural Reform and, as editor and author of the introduction, William James on Habit, Will, Truth, and the Meaning of Life (forthcoming). Details about these books can be found on the About the Books page of this site.

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