Jon Stewart, an associate professor at the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen, is a specialist in philosophy and religion in the 19th century. He is interested in the ways in which new information about the different world religions impacted ways of thinking in Europe during this period.
During his fellowship, Stewart is examining Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion, specifically his accounts of Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and the Egyptian religion. His goal is to understand how this appreciation for non-European religions can be seen as the beginning of a new understanding of religion in a globalized world.
Stewart earned his PhD in philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. He has been a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Belgian American Educational Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study at the Central European University, in Budapest. He is a foreign member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.