David Hackett Fischer

David Hackett Fischer is University Professor and Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University. His research interests cover early American history, slavery and the Civil War, and World War II; his major publications include Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (Oxford, 1989) and The Great Wave: Price Movements in Modern History (Oxford, 1996). He earned his PhD from Johns Hopkins University and his AB from Princeton.


Volume 72

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Guests on Volume 72: John Polkinghorne, on lessons for theology learned from the inductive nature of the work of science; Francesca Aran Murphy, on the efforts of 20th-century Catholic and French philosopher √Čtienne Gilson to reconcile faith and reason; James Hitchcock, on the history of the Supreme Court's decisions regarding religious practice and liberty; Wilfred McClay, on Nathaniel Hawthorne's vision of the intractability of human failings and the possibilities of the American experiment, and on the theme of place and communal obligation in Nathaniel Hawthorne's writing; Philip McFarland, on how Hawthorne's sensitivity to the darker side of human nature makes him perennially instructive; and David Hackett Fischer, on the history of how Americans have understood and symbolized freedom and liberty.