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Philosophy of History

Philosophy and History

Philosophy is its time grasped in thought. –GWF Hegel

Civics 101

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.
–Thomas Jefferson, 1816

What is an Information Society?


The disposition that moves some to outbursts of non-constructive, sometimes destructive criticism is too often a self-centered one and one that is grounded in fear. Who knows what the right response is in all cases—or whether or not there should always be a response. But it makes sense that a good response should [...]

On Categorical Cognition

The scholar tends to place things in their separate categories of analysis and attempts to make statements about causality based on those distinctions.
Yet there is something about experiencing an event or events that is lost in the subsequent translation of those events.  More often than not, experience–the ways in which events both process and get [...]


I would like to direct readers to a paper I wrote several years ago on the issue of teacher quality.  Here is the link.
Critical Inputs–An Economic and Historical Exploration of Teacher Quality
Also, here is a link to SB-736, the Florida Senate Bill on teacher merit pay and tenure which recently passed in the Florida House [...]


The very possibility of civilized human discourse rests upon the willingness of people to consider that they may be mistaken.
–Richard Hofstadter

The American Frontier, Empire, and Minding the Future

One of the most important yet least appreciated topics in American history (outside of academia) is that of the “frontier.” Long the purview of historians of the American West, it has reached a level of conversation that no serious historian of American culture and power (i.e., politics) can afford to ignore.  There is a large body [...]

Power and History

1.1 It seems that in periods of peril, confusion, and division, the best policy would be clear and direct communication.
1.2 However, modern societies do not explicitly make such accommodations. Indeed, the very idea of modernity is based on linguistic sleights and ironic jabs.
1.3 I can’t think of another period whose scientists, philosophers, and [...]