Committee on Social Thought


Committee on Social Thought

The Committee on Social Thought is one of several PhD-granting committees at the University of Chicago. It was started in 1941 by historian John Ulric Nef along with economist Frank Knight, anthropologist Robert Redfield, and University President Robert Maynard Hutchins.

The committee is interdisciplinary, but it is not centered on any specific topic; rather, the committee has, since its inception, drawn together noted academics and writers to "foster awareness of the permanent questions at the origin of all learned inquiry" [1].

Notable past members of the committee have included Marshall G. S. Hodgson and

Eliot, Bellow, Coetzee, and Hayek have been awarded Nobel prizes.

Current faculty include Religion scholar Wendy Doniger, theologian David Tracy, sociologist Hans Joas, theorist of German literature David Wellbery, classicist James M. Redfield, psychologist and philosopher Jonathan Lear, philosopher Jean-Luc Marion, philosopher Robert B. Pippin, Nobel Laureate economist Robert Fogel, historian of science Lorraine Daston, physician and philosopher Leon Kass (former chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics), and poet Adam Zagajewski.

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