Anthony La Vopa is professor emeritus of History at North Carolina State University. Scholar of the Enlightenment, his work focuses on both ideas and society, and in this sense he might also be labeled as a social historian of ideas, with a major interest in intellectual biography and in historiography. Among his major publications are Grace, Talent, and Merit: Poor Students, Clerical Careers, and Professional Ideology in Eighteenth-Century Germany and Fichte: The Self and the Calling of Philosophy, 1762-1799. With Lawrence E. Klein, he is co-editor of Enthusiasm and Enlightenment in Europe, 1650-1850. La Vopa is also co-editor of the journal Modern Intellectual History and the global book series “Palgrave/Macmillan Studies in Intellectual and Cultural History.”