Dr. Robert Jacques teaches political theory and its practices in the Dept. of Philosophy at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Cat Who Loved Beethoven, a family story about love, home and happiness and The Republic, an unprecedented portrait of Our Republic.
He is presently at work on other projects including an introduction to philosophy that is filled with wisdom and fun.
Dr. Robert 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. Afterwards 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.
Dr. Jacques 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.
Fall of 2015 brought Dr. Jacques book The Republic, a look into the republic of the United States where he historically 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 middle class is the greatest class ever.
The middle class has given the world more goods and services and arts and sciences than any other class in history. And it does so increasingly in ever greater quantity ever better.