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 New York Review of Books, The American Scholar, and Slate. Holt received his B.A. and M.A. in mathematics from the University of Virginia, and was a faculty fellow in the philosophy department at Columbia University.
His book Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for general nonfiction and was named one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review; it is being published worldwide in 18 languages. He is currently at work on a book about free will, weakness of will, rationality, self-deception, and happiness.