Bradley J. Birzer

Bradley J. Birzer is an assistant professor of history at Hillsdale College. He has been published in several journals including Continuity: A Journal of History, Journal of the Illinois Historical Society, and Pacific Historical Review. His main area of academic interest is United States history with a focus on the history of the American West. He earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University, his M.A. from Utah State University, and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame; he has also studied at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.
On the bonus track for Volume 58, Bradley J. Birzer talks about how Tolkien understood the idea of myth. Click here to listen to the segment. (Left click to stream; right click to save.)
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Volume 58

Guests on Volume 58: Hubert Dreyfus, on the limits of artificial intelligence; Francis Fukuyama, on biotechnology and the arrogance of "participatory evolution"; Gordon Preece, on the underlying assumption of Peter Singer's ethical ideas; Gijs van Hensbergen, on the marvelous architecture of Antoni Gaudí; Ted Prescott, on why the idea of beauty was rejected in the 20th century, and how it is returning; and Bradley J. Birzer, on the mythic roots of Middle Earth in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion and on Tolkien's idea of myth.