Mark Lilla is Professor of Humanities at Columbia and a frequent contractor to The New York Review of Books and several European publications. He was born in Detroit in 1956 and was educated at the University of Michigan and Harvard. He taught at NYU and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago before joining Columbia in 2006. His most recent book is The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West (Knopf, 2007) and in 2016 he will publish The Shipwrecked Mind (New York Review Books). He is currently writing a book on ignorance and happiness.