B.A., University of Notre Dame
M.A., Penn State University
Ph.D., Penn State University
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Philosophy: Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Jacques graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in finance economics and philosophy. Thereupon he pursued his interests in the philosophical foundations of economics at the University of California, Riverside where he studied Marxist economics, and at UC Berkeley where he studied neo-classical theory. Afterward, he transferred to the Philosophy Department at Penn State where he received his master's degree (thesis on John Dewey, published) and his Ph.D. (on Nietzsche). He also attended the University of Bonn on a Fulbright-administered DAAD Scholarship to further his studies in Nietzsche. His philosophical interests are broadly concerned with the history of philosophy, and specifically concentrated on the German and American philosophers of the 19th and 20th centuries.
In January 2015, Dr. Jacques published "The Cat Who Loved Beethoven," a philosophical allegory in the form of a novel. He plays classical piano and loves the outdoors. "The Cat Who Loved Beethoven" is a story about a family who, in the dark days of December just before the solstice and the onset of the holidays, discovers where home is. It is a happy and thought-provoking book for people of all ages.
And in December 2015, Dr. Jacques published "The Republic," a book of political theory, which is meant for use in the classroom as well as being accessible to the general reader. In his new book, Dr. Jacques identifies the middle class as the greatest class ever, business as the world’s source of liberty and tolerance, and the family as the sovereign union which stands vigilantly between children and the state. The book also historically explains the bloody traumas of the 20th century on the basis of the failures of political theory.
His latest book, "Reality 101," makes sense of the revolutionary breakthroughs in mathematics, logic, metaphysics and science of the past several centuries. These world-liberating ideas, which are transformative for the meaning of humanity, are rendered accessible to everyone.
His blog about contemporary political, economic and social issues from the viewpoint of philosophy is available at robertajacques.com.