Huston Smith

Huston Smith taught at the University of Denver and Washington University before he was appointed professor and chair of the philosophy department at MIT. He then moved to Syracuse University, where he was Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Philosophy. Huston Smith also served as a visiting professor of religious studies at University of California, Berkeley.


  • The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions (1991)
  • Forgotten Truth: The Common Vision of the World’s Religions (1992)
  • Beyond the Postmodern Mind (1989)
  • The Illustrated World’s Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions (1995)
  • Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief (2001)
  • Islam: A Concise Introduction (2001)
  • The Way Things Are: Conversations with Huston Smith on the Spiritual Life (2003)
  • Buddhism: A Concise Introduction (2004)
  • The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition (2005)
  • A Seat at the Table: Huston Smith in Conversation with Native Americans on Religious Freedom (2006)
  • Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine (autobiography) (2009)
  • And Live Rejoicing: Chapters from a Charmed Life — Personal Encounters with Spiritual Mavericks, Remarkable Seekers, and the World’s Great Religious Leaders (2012)