Since 1975 Jeffrey Stout has taught at Princeton University, where he holds a professorship in Religion. He is affiliated with the departments of Philosophy and Politics, the Center for Human Values, and the Center for the Study of Religion. Two of his works – Ethics after Babel and Democracy and Tradition – received the Award for Book Excellence from the American Academy of Religion, a scholarly society for which he served as president in 2007. His honors include election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2008), Princeton University’s Graduate Mentoring Award (2009), and Princeton’s Presidential Award for Distinguished Teaching (2010).
Stout is a secular philosopher with a background in democratic activism. He
is best known for his analyses of religious involvement in politics, his criticisms
of secularism and traditionalism, and his selective reworking of ideas from
American pragmatism. His most recent articles are concerned with conceptions
of religion and critiques of arbitrary power in the writings of Hegel, Emerson,
and Lincoln. Stout’s essays on religion and film have appeared in Film Comment
and The Hidden God (Museum of Modern Art).