Nicholas Wolterstorff received his BA from Calvin College in 1953 and
his PhD in philosophy from Harvard University in 1956. Before taking up
his current position as Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical
Theology, he taught for two years at Yale, and then for thirty years at
his alma mater, Calvin College.
After concentrating on metaphysics at the beginning of his career, he spent a good many years working primarily on aesthetics
and philosophy of art. In
more recent years, he has been concentrating on epistemology, philosophy of religion, and political
In the fall of 1993 he gave the Wilde Lectures at Oxford University
(published as Divine Discourse), and in the spring of 1995 he gave the
Gifford Lectures at St Andrews University (part of which is now
published as Thomas Reid and the Story of Epistemology). He has been
president of the American Philosophical Association (Central Division),
and of the Society of Christian Philosophers.
He regularly teaches lecture courses in philosophy of religion and
aesthetics, and seminars in epistemology, hermeneutics, and philosophy